Sangamon County Sheriff’s Deputies have charged two police impersonators.
Deputies with the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon arrested Thomas Allen Scott Orme and Christopher Scott Morthland, both of Chatham, for their alleged involvement in a recent string of impersonations of officers. There were reports of impersonated police officers during multiple incidents on September 2 in the area of Curran Road and Lick Road in western Sangamon County.
Authorities say Orme and Morthland used a cell phone application that acts as a red and blue flashing light with a siren to pose as a police vehicle in order to stop motorists. Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell hopes this isn’t a trend.
“It seems to be happening more and more, especially here in Sangamon County, and it’s very troublesome for us in law enforcement because there’s a certain trust the public has when a red and blue light comes on behind them…it violates that trust”
Campbell added that city and county officials will work tirelessly to make sure this doesn’t keep happening.
“Anybody else out there thinking they can do something like this, whether it’s a prank, or whether they are really going to try and hurt somebody or inconvenience somebody, we want them to know we will file charges and work closely with (Sangamon County State’s Attorney) John Milhiser’s office to make sure they’re prosecuted.”
Orme and Morthland are being held at the Sangamon County Jail on $25,000 bond. They are being charged with False Impersonation of a Peace Office, a class 4 felony.