Charlottesville Man Cleared Of False Accusations

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

May 16, 2005

Here is a follow-up to a story we first brought you in February 2005 involving a Charlottesville man arrested for impersonating a cop.

The new information states that the accused Steven Wayne Shifflett did not do it. The case against Shifflett was thrown out by a judge in General District Court.

"Obviously, I was shocked, and upset," said Shifflett. He describes his reaction to being arrested, and hearing his name in the news for a crime he says he did not commit.

According to police in Alexandria, in December 2004, Shifflett pulled over a retired police officer, showed his badge, and made him get out of the car to answer questions. After asking the one-time officer questions, Shifflett got back into his dark blue Crown Victoria, but not before the officer jotted down his license plate. Shifflett, who says he does not own a dark blue Crown Victoria, calls the police work in Alexandria and Charlottesville sloppy.

"The Alexandria Police Department was given false, and misleading information by authorities in the area in which I live," said Shifflett.

While in his home on Peartree Lane, 51-year old Shifflett was served with a warrant by Charlottesville Police, and charged with impersonating a police officer.

A few weeks ago, Shifflett had his day in court.

"They thought they had the right person, but their own victim exonerated me. His testimony was my best defense," explained Shifflett.

In fact, the case against Shifflett was dismissed before his lawyers even said one word. The judge saw Shifflett did not fit the suspect's description of being a 5 foot 8 inch Hispanic male weighing 140 lbs.

A clerk in the Commonwealth Attorney's office in Alexandria confirms the case against Shifflett was dismissed, but provided no details. As for Shifflett himself, he says the case is far from over.

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