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Would-be deputy's act bombs with real cops

Samiha Khanna, Staff Writer


DURHAM -- Jerman J. Holmes always wanted to be a cop. He wanted it so badly that police say he pretended to be a law enforcement officer so he could ride along with Durham police Monday night.

What Holmes, 24, didn't know is that anyone can ride beside an officer. By the end of Holmes' ride, police were saving him a spot in the back seat, instead, for a trip to jail.

It was just after 6 p.m. Monday when Holmes, a school custodian, went to the Durham Police Department and filled out a ride-along form, telling police he was a deputy with the Wake County Sheriff's Office, police said.

The aspiring officer was paired up with officer J.J. McDonough. He watched as McDonough responded to a few calls.

McDonough knew something was amiss when he chatted with Holmes during his dinner break at Elmo's Diner on Ninth Street. For a so-called lawman, Holmes didn't seem to know what the acronym DWI stood for, nor could he recall his last arrest, said Sgt. Dale Gunter, who joined them for dinner.

But Holmes did provide the name of his supervisor at the Raleigh Police Department. Oops. The Wake County Sheriff's Office, he corrected himself.

It turned out Holmes wasn't from Wake County at all, but lives at 7000 Whittenberg Way in Durham, police learned. He ended his police-escorted tour of Durham at the county jail, charged with four counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer, one count for each person he lied to.

The ride cost Holmes a night in jail and $2,000 bail. Had he been himself, the ride would have been free.
 
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