Locust Fork councilman accused of impersonating public servant


LOCUST FORK, Ala (WIAT)– A Locust Fork city councilman will not be asked to resign after being arrested on charges of impersonating a public servant.

The arrest comes after Weslie Powell and another driver were involved in an alleged road rage incident.

Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon says the two were driving on County Road 15 toward the Locust Fork Town Hall.

In the initial report, the other driver claimed Powell pulled a gun.

“I can’t testify or talk about anything that would’ve come from him or the other person because that would just be hearsay,” said Moon.

Sheriff Moon says a nearby deputy stopped during the incident and filed a report; however, no crime was identified and neither party was labeled as an “offender” or “victim” in the case. No charges were filed.

The driver later came back to pick up the reports and signed warrants for Powell’s arrest at the circuit court.

“When the warrant came down, I called Mr. Powell, and as soon as I asked, he told me about it. He came straight here and turned himself in,” said Moon.

Sheriff Moon says the charges are considered misdemeanor. He also says Powell denies ever presenting himself as any title. Powell has since posted bond.

The Locust Fork Town Hall says they are monitoring the situation, but they believe Powell is innocent until proven guilty. They say as of right now, he will not be asked to resign.

A court date is set for Nov. 6.

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