Ashland Dispatcher Indicted For Impersonating A Police Officer

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A Boyd County Grand Jury has indicted a
dispatcher with the Ashland post of the Kentucky State Police for allegedly acting as a police officer without authority.

Thirty-nine-year-old Leslee Pelphrey is charged with impersonating a peace officer and second-degree perjury. The charges are both Class D felonies that carry prison sentences of one to five years.

Boyd County Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice says the impersonation charge stems from an incident June 15th in rural Boyd County. He says after leaving work at the post, Pelphrey allegedly tailed a motorist whom she believed was driving erratically.

When the motorist pulled into the driveway of her home, Pelphrey allegedly pulled in behind her. She allegedly demanded to see her driver's license and proof of insurance and detained her until a real police officer arrived. Justice says she also allegedly made an unauthorized traffic stop in February last year.

Justice says the motorist was never charged with a crime after
the incident last June. Pelphrey lives in Lawrence County and is a
14-year state police veteran.

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