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Man accused of impersonating SLED agent arrested again

Joseph Michael DePace. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Joseph Michael DePace. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A man who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly impersonating a SLED agent and pulling over a driver back in March was arrested again on Wednesday, and accused of doing the same thing in May.

Joseph Michael DePace is accused of representing himself as a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent and pulling over a driver on Highway 31 in Myrtle Beach in May of 2015, according to an arrest warrant. DePace allegedly stopped a driver using a blue light and a siren, then showed the driver a badge and identified himself as a SLED agent.  DePace told the driver that if he saw them driving that way again, he would arrest them, the warrant states.

According to Thom Berry with SLED, DePace surrendered to authorities and was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer. Impersonating a law officer is a misdemeanor and DePace could face up to one year in prison or a fine of up to $500 if convicted.

He was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center Wednesday morning and was released on a $15,000 bond, according to jail records. 

DePace was arrested on September 16 and accused of doing the same thing back in March of 2015.

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