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Wendell man to police after hit-and-run: 'I'm a cop. I'm a cop.'

Posted February 9

Lefus Whitley Jr.

— A 63-year-old man was charged Wednesday with impersonating a police officer and felony hit-and-run after a wreck in Wendell.

According to arrest warrants, Lefus Whitley Jr., of 1001 S. Hollybrook Road, Wendell, was driving recklessly when he hit another vehicle near the intersection of Main and Second streets and left the scene.

When Whitley was stopped by a Wendell police officer a short time later, he allegedly exited his vehicle and said, "I'm a cop. I'm a cop," according to warrants.

Whitley is charged with felony hit-and-run causing injury, impersonating a law enforcement officer, reckless driving to endanger and operating a vehicle without insurance.

No other information about the wreck was immediately available.

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  • Anthony Lowery Feb 9, 2017
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    Not an irrational comment under his circumstances. After committing a crime and fleeing police things sometimes end very bad for black suspects. Buying 2-3 seconds with his comment may have saved his life, or at least a trip to the ER. Cops hesitate to shoot their own.