By Allen Worrell and Michael Howlett
August 27, 2013
Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder has been charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer.
According to Bristol General District Court records, Crowder, 48, of Hillsville, and his wife, Rebecca Louanne Crowder, were arrested Friday and each charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer. The offense date is listed as March 14, 2013 on the Bristol General District Court website. The Crowders are scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. in relation to the charge.
The Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control is involved with the case. Assistant Special Agent in Charge Billy Maiden said the case is an ongoing investigation and referred media inquiries to the ABC’s Public Relations Department in Richmond.
Kathleen Shaw, a Public Relations Specialist with Virginia ABC, confirmed the charge, but said she could not provide specifics.
“We can confirm that Gregory Nelson Crowder was charged with impersonating a law-enforcement officer on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 for an alleged violation that occurred on March 14, 2013 in Bristol. He was released on recognizance. Impersonating a law-enforcement officer is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and confinement in jail for up to a year, either or both,” Shaw said. “We cannot provide a narrative or other details about the incident until the case has been adjudicated. It will be heard in the City of Bristol General District Court.”
According to Virginia State Code, “Any person who falsely assumes or exercises the functions, powers, duties, and privileges incident to the office of sheriff, police officer, marshal, or other peace officer, or any local, city, county, state, or federal law-enforcement officer, or who falsely assumes or pretends to be any such officer, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. A second or subsequent offense is punishable as a Class 6 felony.”
Bristol attorney Robert Ward is listed as defense attorney for the Crowders.
When contacted by The Carroll News, Greg Crowder referred all questions to his attorney. Ward had not returned a phone call from The Carroll News as of press time Tuesday morning. Attempts to reach Hillsville Town Manager Travis Jackson and Hillsville Town Attorney Andrea Tolbert were unsuccessful as well.
The offense date of March 14 occurred during the weekend of the Food City 500 in Bristol, while the arrest date listed of August 23 occured during the weekend of the Irwin Tools Night Race, also at Bristol Motor Speedway.