Batesville Man Tries to Impress Girl, Ends Up in Jail

OCTOBER 28, 2005 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CDT

BATESVILLE, AR - According to Independence County deputies, Steven Terrell's first mistake was telling Christine Gray that he was an undercover officer for the sheriff's office.

Then he showed her his driver's license.

Then he asked for a date.

Then he was arrested.

Deputies arrested Terrell on Wednesday night after Gray called dispatchers to ask whether local police agencies had a Steven Terrell working for them.  Gray said Terrell wore a jacket with a sheriff's badge on it and repeatedly showed her his tattoos.

He said he had left his badge at home, but showed the woman his license.

Genuine deputies traced Terrell to a Batesville home and found a jacket that matched the one Gray described.  Terrell said he was trying to impress the woman.

According to sheriff's captain Bill Lindsey, "An undercover officer won't tell you that or wear anything to indicate his being a policeman.  That would be pointless."

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