A civilian employee at Louisville’s jail was arrested for pretending to be a police officer, according to court documents.
Stanley Hollingsworth is accused by Shively Police of having police equipment, including a taser, a gun belt with a loaded gun and handcuffs.
According to the report, a Shively police officer, who responded to a motor vehicle accident, noticed what appeared to be an unmarked police car conducting some type of traffic enforcement in a construction zone near Interstate 264 East and Taylor Boulevard.
When the officer ran the license plate, it came back as a familiar name. The same Shively officer had stopped Hollingsworth in July 2019. At that time, the officer wrote, the suspect also had police lights in his car, a siren and a police scanner.
Fast forward two years and Hollingsworth was found with the same blue and white lights flashing, wearing a shirt that read “Officer Hollingsworth” on the front and “officer” on the back.
They also saw a police-style gun belt in the backseat which had a loaded gun, handcuffs, a fully functional taser, extra ammunition and an iPad with a police radio scanner app.
At first, the Shively officer stated Hollingsworth told him he was with the Louisville Metro Police Department, then changed his story to being a corrections officer with the Louisville Metro Detention Center. He then retracted his statement a third time, and told the officer he simply worked for corrections.
When the officer called the jail, they told him Hollingsworth was a civilian employee and had no police powers.
Hollinsworth was charged with improper use of blue lights, possession of a radio that sends/receives police messages and impersonating a peace officer, which is a felony.
Louisville Metro Detention Center assistant director Steve Durham said Hollingsworth was relieved of his duties Monday morning and was suspended without pay.