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Police: Intoxicated man impersonating officer in Oxford had guns

UPDATE, 8/22/17:

Jacob Staton was video arraigned Monday on the misdemeanor charges and was given $1,000 bond on the fifth-degree felony charge of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

He is free on bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Butler County Area I Court.

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INITIAL REPORT, 8/20/17:

An Oxford man is behind bars for allegedly impersonating a police officer Friday and attempting to talk with the a driver about at traffic violation.

Jacob Staton, 21, of Oxford-Millville Avenue., is charged with using weapons while intoxicated, three counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and one count of impersonation of peace officer. He is housed in the Butler County Jail pending arraignment Monday in Butler County Area Court.

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On Friday, Oxford police received a call of a man who walked up to a driver while he was in his vehicle, identified himself as a police officer, and addressed perceived traffic violations.

The man called Oxford police when the I.D. presented by the “officer” was clearly illegitimate, according to Oxford police.

Officers found the suspect, identified as Staton, nearby. Three handguns, as well as a bulletproof vest, flashlights, firearm magazines in the his vehicle. Staton was also intoxicated, according to police.

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Oxford police warned via Facebook, “If you ever have doubt about the legitimacy of a police officer, look to see if the police cruiser has markings, look at the officer’s badge, and ask for the officer’s identification—OPD officers carry their identification card on them. If you still are unsure, you may call 911 to verify you are being stopped legitimately.”

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