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Man in ‘Punisher’ T-shirt accused of impersonating a deputy

Officials are searching for a man in a dark gray Dodge Ram truck who impersonated a sheriff’s deputy Sunday night, Cherokee County officials said.

A woman said the man, who appeared to be between 30 and 35 years old, pulled her over about 7 p.m. on I-575 near Holly Springs, between exits 14 and 16, Cherokee County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Marianne Kelley said. 

The Dodge initially passed the woman, then slowed down and pulled behind her. The woman’s name was not released.

When the Dodge driver initiated flashing blue lights, the woman pulled over, Kelley said. 

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He identified himself as a Cherokee County sheriff’s deputy and wore a badge with a star in a circle, Kelley said. 

The man was wearing dark-colored fatigue-style pants with a black T-shirt with a “Punisher” emblem on the front. The “Punisher” is a Marvel Comics character who has been portrayed in movies and on television.

“The driver of the truck made contact with her stating that he had pulled her over for impeding the flow of traffic,” Kelley said. “After a brief discussion, the victim was allowed to leave.”

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is conducting the investigation and asking the public for assistance. Anyone who noticed this traffic stop or saw anything suspicious Sunday evening should call 770-928-0239 or 911.

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