Fugitive caught in West Virginia after allegedly impersonating officer

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LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a Tennessee fugitive is accused of posing as a police officer and faking an injury to obtain a prescription pain prescription at a hospital.

Logan County Sheriff Sonya Dingess Porter says in a news release that Terry Michael Vickers was arrested Wednesday night after a deputy spotted his vehicle leaving the Logan Regional Medical Center.

The statement says a mesh tactical vest with a patch reading Fugitive Task Force K9 Unit was found in Vickers' vehicle. The patch identified him as Lt. Terry Vickers.

At the hospital, where he had gone to seek medical attention for an injury he said he received during attempts to catch a wanted person, he admitted himself under the name "James Leigh" and he also gave a false birthday. While using the false name, he was given a prescription for Norco 7.5's.

Later, he took off from the hospital in a newer model red Chevrolet Silverado with an IV port placed in his hand.

A call was issued in Logan County to be on the lookout for Vickers and that vehicle.

According to a news release, Deputy R. L. Johnson was on routine patrol in the area when he spotted the truck and noticed the driver had run a red light.

Johnson was able to pull-over Vickers and found him to be under the influence. He said when he came out of the truck, he was acting aggressively and waving his hands aggressively, as well.

Vickers was charged with being a fugitive from justice, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, impersonating a police officer, obtaining a prescription drug by fraud and obstructing an officer.

Porter says Vickers was wanted in Tennessee on charges of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud and criminal impersonation.

He's being held at the Southwestern Regional Jail.