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Woman Poses as Deputy at Grovetown Hotel


A local woman was charged Wednesday with impersonating a police officer at a Grovetown hotel after she flashed a badge at employees, authorities said.

Ashley Nicole Johnson, 30, of Thomson, was apparently trying to figure out how her car disappeared from the parking lot at Travellodge Inn & Suites. She thought it was stolen and asked the hotel to view their surveillance video.

“She said she was an undercover officer and flashed a hat badge,” said sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris, explaining that hats worn by deputies often have a badge attached to them.

As it turns out, the woman’s car wasn’t stolen. It was repossessed.

And Johnson wasn’t a police officer. Capt. Morris is not sure how she got the CCSO hat badge.

But the Thomson woman didn’t need a ride home since the hotel called the sheriff’s office and they arrested her for impersonating an officer, Capt. Morris said. She was also found with a gun and charged with weapon possession.

She has since been released on bond.


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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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