NORCO: Man pleads guilty to impersonating police officer during traffic stop
UPDATE: 12/01/2016 12:52 a.m.
CORONA: A 36-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident has admitted to making multiple traffic stops while impersonating a police officer in the cities of Corona, Norco, and surrounding areas. He pleaded guilty to the first set of his charges at his arraignment Wednesday, Nov. 30. (See original report below)
The first reported alleged traffic stop happened in the City of Norco Nov. 25. The stop occurred in the 1300 block of Sixth Street in Norco.
During that incident, Doud used a flashing white light to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle with a female driver and two passengers. During the stop Doud, who was in plain clothes but identified himself as an undercover police officer, ordered the three victims out of their car. He then proceeded to conduct a pat-down search on one of the females. When one of the occupants demanded to see Doud’s police identification, Doud allowed the three to leave in their vehicle.
Later the same evening, Doud allegedly used a flashing white light mounted to his car to pull over a female motorist and a male passenger on McKinley Avenue in Corona. Once they stopped, Doud ordered the occupants out of the car.
The occupants of the car demanded to see Doud’s badge and police identification, at which time Doud admitted he was not a police officer. The driver and her passenger got back into their car and immediately called the Corona Police Department as they were driving away.
Doud continued to follow the victims in their car and was eventually stopped by Corona police officers a short time later.
Officers conducted an investigation into the reported incident, during which Doud admitted to stopping the car he was following. Doud also admitted to pulling over other vehicles in the local area several times in the days leading up to this incident.
Officers arrested Doud for impersonating a police officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving with a suspended license.
Doud was sentenced to 20 days in custody and placed on 36 months summary probation. Due to sentencing guidelines, Doud will serve 8 days in a work release program and pay fines and penalties.
Based on Doud’s admission, officials believe their are additional victim’s he has pulled over who have not yet been identified.
Anyone with information about these incidents or who was victimized by Doud should immediately contact Corona police officials at (951) 736-2330, or Deputy Arturo Mendez at the Norco Sheriff’s Office at (951) 270-5673. Callers can refer to incident file number G163300021 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
NORCO – A 36-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident who allegedly conducted a traffic stop while impersonated a police officer last week, pleaded guilty at his arraignment this morning, Wednesday, Nov. 30. The traffic stop happened in the 1300 block of Sixth Street in Norco Friday, Nov. 25.
In addition to pleading guilty to a single count of impersonating a police officer from the Norco incident, Scott Anthony Doud also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, and refusing to take a breathalyzer test from an arrest in Corona that happened a few hours after the traffic stop in Norco.
The investigation into the Norco incident began after Doud allegedly conducted a traffic stop on an adult female victim and her two passengers, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sergeant Justin Rowan.
The victims were traveling on Sixth Street in the City of Norco about 5:20 p.m., when Doud pulled behind the victim’s vehicle.
“Under the guise of being a police officer, the driver flashed a light at the victim in a manner consistent with a law enforcement traffic stop,” Rowan explained.
The victim, who believed she was being stopped by a law enforcement official, drove into a business parking lot and parked her vehicle, according to Rowan.
Doud, who was dressed in plain clothing, approached the victim and her occupants and identified himself as an undercover police officer. He then ordered the victims out of their vehicle.
“Believing the suspect was a police officer and fearing the repercussions of disobeying, the victims complied with the suspect’s demands,” Rowan said. After the victims were out of their vehicle, Doud conducted a pat-down frisk of one of the women.
As Doud questioned the victims, one of them asked him to produce his law enforcement identification and credentials. When he could not produce any law enforcement identification, Doud allowed the victims to leave in their vehicle.
Once the victims returned to their vehicle and drove away from the scene, they called 911 to report the incident.
Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Norco Police Station responded to the scene and searched the area for Doud and his vehicle; however, they were not able to locate him that evening.
None of the victims were injured during the incident.
Several hours after the Norco traffic stop, deputies learned a potential suspect had been arrested by the City of Corona Police Department for driving under the influence.
“Based on this information, deputies conducted an extensive and exhaustive investigation to develop additional leads, which included follow-up interviews and evidence gathering,” Rowan explained.
On Nov. 29, deputies responded to the Robert Presley Detention Center – where Doud was already being held on the Corona DUI and impersonating an officer charges – and filed the additional criminal charges of impersonating a peace officer, kidnapping, and battery.
Doud pleaded guilty the following morning to the charges stemming from the Corona arrest at his arraignment. He was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to pay $2,697.08 in fines and fees to the Riverside Superior Court.
The sheriff’s department’s investigation is ongoing and they have asked anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Arturo Mendez at the Norco Sheriff’s Office at (951) 270-5673. Callers can refer to incident file number G163300021 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
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Trevor Montgomery spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg in an off-duty accident.
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.
Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.