Llanelli Wales April 17 2019
Aaron Davies, 20, wore a black uniform and hi-vis vest for his shifts outside the fast-food restaurant in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.
He equipped his personal car, a jaguar, with blue lights and sirens and even fooled a desk sergeant when he was eventually brought in by real police officers.
Police station custody sergeant David Munkley admitted he was fooled by Davies’ appearance when he was arrested, Llanelli magistrates court heard.
Sgt Munkley said: ‘When he came into the police station after arrest I told the other officers: “You should have told me you were arresting a police officer”. ‘I thought he was a police officer when I saw him from a distance.’
Prosecutor Sian Vaughan told the court: ‘He used the handcuffs on the public and taken people to the ground – the actions of a police officer. ‘Everything about his appearance gave the impression that he was a police officer. Walk like a duck, quack like a duck – it’s a duck.’
Davies admitted carrying handcuffs and wearing a stab vest while working as a doorman at the McDonalds but said it was part of his security guard uniform to protect customers.
He said he had handcuffs in case he needed to detain troublemakers and wore a stab vest for his own safety after being stabbed with a pen previously.
Davies, of Penclawdd, Swansea, said: ‘My hi-vis jacket has a Velcro security patch on the left breast and “security” written on the arm and on the back of the vest.
‘From any angle it says “security” – I am a security guard, it’s my job.’ He told the court he carried a radio which was the same as those police are issued with as a deterrent.
But he added that he had never told anyone he was police officer or acted in a way to make anyone believe he was.
District Judge Christopher Jones cleared Davies of impersonating a police officer at Llanelli magistrates court. He told the court: ‘Clearly there was a similarity in the way he was dressing. I am not satisfied he was attempting to deceive to be a police officer on the day. ‘There is clearly a similarity with the uniform.
It may be it gave him some gravitas or self-importance in the role but there is no evidence he was impersonating a police officer.’