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UNION COUNTY, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Officers from Monroe and Union County worked together to arrest a man who may have been impersonating a police officer.

On Tuesday around 11:45 p.m., detectives from the Monroe Police Department's Violent Crimes Task Force attempted to arrest a Toyota Camry with a fake license plate.


The driver of the Camry was attempting to back out of a parking space when he realized he was being stopped.

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The driver intentionally rammed a Union County Deputy Sheriff's patrol car and fled the traffic stop.

A chase ensued, led by officers from the Monroe Police Department and Union County along I-485 into Mecklenburg County. During the chase, the driver of the Camry drove recklessly, at high speeds, ran numerous red lights, and drove into oncoming traffic.

According to police, the suspect also threw drugs out of the vehicle's window.

The pursuit continued onto Providence Road, where a Union County officer stopped the vehicle, disabled the suspect's vehicle, and ended the pursuit.

(Monroe Police Department)

The driver was arrested and later identified as Roger Desmond Burns III of Indian Trail.

Officers recovered drugs thrown from the vehicle and found baggies containing methamphetamine and fentanyl. While searching the vehicle, which was reportedly stolen in York County, South Carolina, they discovered items stolen from a federal agency, including a bulletproof vest, handcuffs, an agent's badges and police patches, as well as a replica handgun, holster and detachable strobe lights.

Burns was charged with assault on a government official with a deadly weapon, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, trafficking in opiates, destruction of evidence, possession of methamphetamine and evading arrest.

He is currently being held at the Union County Detention Center on a $750,000 secured bail.

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