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April 11, 2018

Public’s help sought as fake cop investigation continues

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The sheriff’s office seized this vehicle Saturday in Warrenton.
Jerry Lentz Sintvil, 28, of Fredericksburg, allegedly told deputies he used the car to film a music video in Winchester.
The Fauquier sheriff’s office seeks information from anyone who may have seen a car whose driver allegedly impersonated a police officer Saturday while driving through the county.

A Fredericksburg man remains in the county jail for impersonating an officer and other charges, Sgt. James Hartman said.

Jerry Lentz Saintvil, 28, “allegedly followed a woman from Maryland into Fauquier County” on the afternoon of April 7, Sgt. Hartman said.

The county dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call “from a female driver who advised she was being followed by a police car and was in fear for her safety,” he explained. “The driver stated the police car had been following her from the western Maryland area and she was now travelling south on Route 29 in Fauquier County. The driver also advised the police car had functioning blue lights and ‘police’ markings and was using the emergency equipment to maneuver through traffic in what appeared to be an attempt to keep up with her.

“The driver stated this vehicle had followed her through Maryland, West Virginia and into Virginia and she was in fear of her safety.”

Deputy Aaron Vescovi spotted the car Route 17 Spur at the north edge of Warrenton.

“The vehicle increased its speed once Deputy Vescovi turned around at a crossover and attempted to catch up to the vehicle,” Sgt. Hartman said.

The deputy stopped the car at the Meetze Road exit.

“The driver of the vehicle advised the car was used to film a music video in Winchester and he was driving home to Fredericksburg,” Sgt. Hartman said. “The North Carolina tag ‘FILM CAR’ was on the vehicle. The driver provided false identification and conflicting statements to Deputy Vescovi. The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted but was uncooperative with the investigation.”

Mr. Saintvil faces charges of impersonating a police officer (second offense), presenting a false ID to law enforcement to avoid arrest (second offense) and driving on a suspended license (third or subsequent offense), according to the sheriff’s office. He remains in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center with no bond.

He drove a blue and white 2010 Chevrolet Impala the word “police” on the doors and trunk, Sgt. Hartman said. Searching the car, deputies found a tactical vest with a “special police” badge, a Department of Justice pin with a DOJ badge, ammunition carriers and a tactical flashlight attached to the vest, a police duty belt with a handcuff case and air soft gun and portable radios, the sergeant said.

The investigation continues.

“This not the first time Saintvil has impersonated a police officer,” Sgt. Hartman added. “We ask that anyone who observed this vehicle travelling on Saturday in Fauquier County or elsewhere contact the sheriff’s office at 540-347-3300.”

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