Man charged with impersonating officer during traffic stop in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A man was arrested after police say he disrupted a traffic stop early Tuesday morning by pretending he was a sheriff's deputy.

Winston-Salem police officers conducted a traffic stop in the 3000 block of Patterson Avenue around 12:13 a.m. The driver of the stopped vehicle was reluctant to comply with officers' demands and then appeared to be calling someone on his cell phone, officers say.

A few minutes later, officers say a man showed up and disrupted the traffic stop and investigation.

The man, identified as Alberto Winnatu Lorenzo, was falsely dressed as a law enforcement officer and drove a vehicle with “Sheriff” on the exterior.

Lorenzo, 39, of 6220 Baux Mountain Road, Winston-Salem, was charged with impersonating an officer and delay/obstruct and officer.

He was given a $1,000 bond.

A photograph of Lorenzo is not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.


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