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Man reportedly caught illegally possessing SCSO badge, uniform

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Authorities pulled Steven Tyer over around 2 p.m. going 91 miles an hour on Interstate 40 at Appling Road. Authorities pulled Steven Tyer over around 2 p.m. going 91 miles an hour on Interstate 40 at Appling Road.
Tyer's attorney declined an interview, but says Tyer is not the other impersonator. Tyer's attorney declined an interview, but says Tyer is not the other impersonator.

(WMC-TV) - Police pulled over a man for speeding Wednesday and found a Shelby County Sheriff Office badge, hat, T-shirt, and other items indicating he is a deputy, which he is not.

Authorities pulled Steven Tyer over around 2 p.m. going 91 miles an hour on Interstate 40 at Appling Road.

Officers also found a Sig Sauer pistol in a backpack in the car and a swat cap.

Last week investigators say a law enforcement impersonator pulled over a woman in the southeast part of the county. They say the man used a blue strobe light. When the woman got out of the car he reportedly fondled her forced her to the ground and ransacked her car.

Investigators are trying to determine if Tyer is connected to that crime.

Tyer appeared in court Thursday on a misdemeanor criminal impersonation charge.

Bridget Temple works at Shapiro Uniforms, which is a public safety gear retailer.

Temple says Tyer is the first impersonator case they have heard of and that the Internet makes the charade easier.

"A lot of places you can go online and buy that stuff. So it's easy online. It's hard actually coming into the store," he said. "Very difficult, you know, because we ask for ID."

Tyer's attorney declined an interview, but says Tyer is not the other impersonator.

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