CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) - A southern Illinois man faces a number of charges after a Mississippi County traffic stop.
Curtland Silarra Sawyer, Junior, 35, of Mounds, Illinois, was charged with false impersonation of a law enforcement officer and unauthorized use of a siren and warning light system on a vehicle when no emergency exists, and careless and imprudent driving.
Sawyer was released from custody Thursday evening after posting a $3,500 surety bond.
According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, the investigation began Wednesday evening when Deputy Marc Tragesser saw an out-of-state vehicle displaying emergency lights at a high rate of speed on State Highway 105.
The driver turned off the vehicle's red and blue flashing lights and then turned onto the interstate.
The deputy conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Sawyer.
According to the deputy's report, the driver stated he was a fireman responding to an emergency call in southern Illinois about 20 miles away. Sawyer also told Heartland News that he is a volunteer firefighter for Mounds, Illinois. The report says that was false. Sawyer said the call he was responding to was canceled.