Crime

Driver of speeding Hummer charged with impersonating police officer

Wesley Jay O’Neal
Wesley Jay O’Neal Muscogee County Jail

A Phenix City man was jailed early Friday after the Hummer he was driving was seen flashing its lights and trying to stop a car in downtown Columbus.

Wesley Jay O’Neal, 31, was charged with impersonating a police officer and reckless driving after he was stopped in a Hummer H2 at 3:17 a.m. He is held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail on the impersonating an officer charge for an 8 a.m. hearing Saturday in Recorder’s Court.

A Columbus State University police officer said he stopped O’Neal after he spotted his Hummer pursuing a blue Nissan Altima on 12th Street before the car turned on Front Avenue. The Hummer was flashing its lights on the front and back and traveling at a high rate of speed.

The huge vehicle traveled onto the sidewalk as the Hummer turned onto Front Avenue. The driver of the Nissan said the Hummer driver was trying to pull him over and he needed police help.

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