SOUTHEAST TEXAS - A man who used fake ID to convince first responders he was a fire marshal drove a fire truck and made calls with local authorities before he was exposed as a fraud, according to a probable cause affidavit.
David Roy Matthews, Jr., was indicted this week for impersonating a public servant. DPS Trooper Dedrick Wimberly says he was at the Jefferson County Fire Station #1 near Labelle when he met Matthews. He says Matthews identified himself as a peace officer, fire marshal and fireman. He was wearing a Texas Peace Officer Badge and said he worked for the Harris County Constable Pct. 4. He also said he was the Fire Marshall for the Harris County Fire Department Station #10.
The probable cause affidavit says Matthews claimed to be stranded and could assist with emergency calls during Hurricane Harvey. He responded to several calls with local first responders and operated fire trucks and other vehicles while at the fire station.
Trooper Wimberly called the DPS Fusion Center who found that Matthews had previously been arrested in Louisiana for impersonating a police officer. Trooper Wimberly then arrested Matthews and took him to the Jefferson County Jail.
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