08/30/2007

Ga. man arrested during police exam for impersonating LE

By Clint Williams
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - Daniel Sawyer really wanted to be a lawman.

Sawyer, charged with impersonating a police officer among other crimes, was arrested Wednesday morning in Cherokee County while taking the entrance examination to be a sheriff's deputy.

The Douglasville man was arrested on outstanding warrants for kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery and impersonating a police officer, said Sgt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff's Office.

Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland said the charges stem from several incidents this summer at a mobile home park where Sawyer worked as a security guard. Sawyer, 30, allegedly stopped motorists visiting the park, searched them and their cars and, in some cases, handcuffed them.

Douglas County investigators called the Cherokee jail Wednesday morning, tipping officials there that Sawyer may stop by Canton to apply for a job. Cherokee deputies allowed Sawyer to take the exam while they ran the Douglas warrants, Baker said.

Sawyer's exam grade?

"Incomplete," Baker said. 

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