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Police impersonator charged after pulling over teens

Ashton Ferrell (Source: St. Francis County Sheriff's Office) Ashton Ferrell (Source: St. Francis County Sheriff's Office)
ST. FRANCIS CO., AR (WMC) - St. Francis County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested a man charged with criminal impersonation.

“I was very upset about it. Very much, you know, and my son was upset, because it really shook them up,” said Kathy Chaliff, the mother of one of the victims.

Investigators said two teenagers and 20-year-old Nicky Chaliff were riding around on the back roads in St. Francis County, Arkansas near the river when two men in a truck pulled them over. 

Chaliff's mother, Kathy, said, "The guy had asked, 'Where is the gun that had a laser on it,' and my son said 'We don't have no gun.' He called my son a liar about it.”

Chaliff told investigators the man, Ashton Ferrell, said he and his friends were lucky they weren't shot and killed because he was an Iraqi war veteran with PTSD.

Chaliff asked for an ID. Ferrell said he left it at home. Chaliff became suspicious and called a friend in law enforcement.

"You don't know if they were going to get murdered, raped or what,” Kathy added.

Investigators said they don't know what Ferrell planned to do.

They said he was a police officer in Cherry Valley, but was fired about a year ago.

Sergeant Jason Bradshaw of the St. Francis County Sheriff's Office advised, “If you don't feel  right, you don't feel safe, you turn your flashers on, proceed slowly or turn your signal on. Let them know you're aware they're behind you and call 911.”

Ashton Ferrell bonded out of the St. Francis County jail.
 
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