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Video released of town manager allegedly impersonating an officer

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An image from the video of the trooper talking to Stevie Cox. An image from the video of the trooper talking to Stevie Cox.
(Source: Columbus County) (Source: Columbus County)

CHADBOURN, NC (WECT) – New evidence has been released in a case against the town manager of Chadbourn, Stevie Cox.

Cox was arrested in March 2011 and charged with impersonating a law officer and resisting and delaying police.

Video released Thursday was from a routine traffic stop. According to Chadbourn town attorney Butch Pope, who once represented Cox, Chadbourn Mayor Kenneth Waddell and two members on Chadbourn's ABC board were on the way back from Raleigh when they were pulled over by a NC Highway Patrol officer because Cox was speeding.

Pope said the town vehicle they normally drive when they're doing town business was unreliable, so they took the police chief's SUV.

The video shows a trooper asking Cox for his license and registration. Pope said Cox gave the trooper registration and other paper work that was in the car.

It is unclear on the video what exactly Cox gave him, but the trooper looked at the paperwork for awhile before asking Cox, "Where are you a chief?"

In the video, you can hear Cox respond by saying, "Chadbourn."

The trooper questions Cox's response and the town manager begins to apologize for handing over the badge.

Pope said the badge was included and Cox was basically trying to tell the officer why he was inside a police car.

Pope said the officer then kept Cox and the men waiting on side the road while he made some calls. The trooper said he was trying to contact Chief Steven Shaw.

He says Cox later voluntarily went to the SBI about the situation, and that's when he was informed they were investigating him for impersonating an officer.

Cox turned himself in and he was charged with impersonating an officer and resisting and delaying police.

Cox is expected in court October 15 and is now being represented by Michael Willis.

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