Deputies: Man added stickers, lights to vehicle in order to impersonate officer


Pictured above: Matthew Lee Sells – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office


Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Deputy E. McNeely was patrolling on Crawford Road when he noticed a vehicle which appeared to be impersonating a law enforcement vehicle.

Deputy McNeely stopped the vehicle at the corner of Crawford Road and Victory Lane. He approached the vehicle and met driver, Matthew Lee Sells. Deputy McNeely noticed two blue strobe lights mounted in the vehicle, which were operational. There were also stickers “HP 511” and “K-9” insignia on the vehicle which had been added in an effort to make the car resemble a law enforcement vehicle.

A search of the vehicle located a concealed firearm. Sells was arrested and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he was found in possession of controlled substances.

Matthew Lee Sells was charged with: Two Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Controlled Substance, Felony Maintain a Dwelling, Vehicle or Place to Sell Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Possession of Blue Light, Misdemeanor Impersonate Law Enforcement Officer by Insignia, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Possession of a Concealed Firearm, Felony Possession of Controlled Substance in Jail or Prison, and Window Tint Violation.

Sells’ vehicle was impounded pending further investigation. Matthew Lee Sells is being held at the Iredell County Detention Center under a 16,000.00 dollar secured bond issued by Magistrate P. Tutterrow.

Sheriff Campbell added, “It is extremely concerning to us in law enforcement to see how much effort this man put into making his vehicle appear to be a law enforcement vehicle. It is also very troubling, when you add into the whole picture he also had a weapon, and drugs”.

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