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Raleigh teen arrested for impersonating police officer

Posted May 15

Mathis Tart Dean, 16, of Raleigh, was seen driving a pickup truck with a blue light on its dash by an off-duty Raleigh police officer.
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— A teenager was arrested Saturday and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer.

According to officials with the Raleigh Police Department, Mathis Tart Dean, 16, was driving a pickup truck with a blue light on the dashboard when he was spotted by an off-duty Raleigh police officer near Buffaloe Road and Valley Steam Drive.

Officers arrested Dean shortly after he was located.

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  • Anita Gibson May 16, 2016
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    In which case he should be allowed full access to the police department, weapons, uniforms, etc.

  • Jim Halbert May 16, 2016
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    Sounds like someone here has a personal connection to this story somehow. Calm down buddy. At 3 sentences the story is hardly a story at all, much less a "sensational" one. First sentence describes what he was charged with, second describes his name, age, and how he was caught, and third vaguely describes when he was arrested. What exactly is sensational here? Just the fact it was reported? Can hardly blame a news organization for reporting local arrests.

  • John Townsend May 16, 2016
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    You are correct. Assuming he didn't have any ill intent other than being a goof ball teen, he could get sent into deferred prosecution of some sort on a reduced charge.

  • John Townsend May 16, 2016
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    I don't think anyone is saying he should get off scott free or that what he did should be legal. If, as many suspect, he was being a goof ball, then there wasn't a lot of criminal intent and he should be treated as a juvenile rather than having the book thrown at him.
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    If an investigation shows he was up to no good, then by all means, send him up the river.

  • Charles Edwards May 16, 2016
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    Must have been a very slow news day, eh WRAL? This is a sensationalized article. 16-year old doing something stupid just like any other 16-year-old. I surely hope the DA and police are spending their time on more important matters. Yes, he needs to learn that he did something wrong. My guess is that because of his age and the circumstances he may get community service, etc.

  • Carl Keehn May 16, 2016
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    Operating a motor vehicle with an operating blue light is a Class I felony.

  • Steve Moore May 16, 2016
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    Has this kid committed a felony ? If not, why is his photo displayed ?

  • Carl Keehn May 16, 2016
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    You realize that in North Carolina, for criminal purposes a 16 year older is regarded as an adult.

  • Janet Ghumri May 16, 2016
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    You hanesthea the right to remain stupid

  • Solomon Mcdonald May 15, 2016
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    Milo...he's 16...it's highly unlikely that he's anything more than a 10th grader who made a stupid decision. Who the freak makes the jump assumption that he's a serial rapist?

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