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Volunteer Fireman Arrested for Impersonating a Police Officer

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On July 18, 2018 at 7:04 pm, a Montgomery County Deputy was dispatched to an “Attempt to Locate” call for service.

A citizen in the area of Woodlands Parkway and John Cooper reported a blue Ford Mustang was activating emergency lights as it drove down Woodlands Parkway. The citizen advised that the suspect vehicle pulled behind him and activated the emergency lights, and in response the citizen pulled over to the side of the road. The suspect vehicle then passed the citizen at a high rate of speed, at which time the citizen followed the suspect vehicle and observed it to activate the emergency lights several more times causing vehicles to pull over to the side of the road.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to locate the suspect vehicle, a 1997 blue Ford, at Twin Peaks in Shenandoah a short time later. The vehicle was equipped with emergency lights on the dashboard.

Contact was made with the driver, Garrett Plymate, who was inside the business. Mr. Plymate was wearing a local Volunteer Fire Department shirt and hat and wearing BDU style pants. When questioned, Mr. Plymate stated he was a volunteer fireman as well as a private investigator. Mr. Plymate also stated he was with a local volunteer fire department for approximately one month and has not been through the fire academy.

Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office was contacted and the charge of Impersonating a Public Servant was accepted. Mr. Plymate was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail without incident.

Arrested: Plymate, Garrett Lee
DOB: 10-19-1995


Source: Specialist Steve Squier, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Executive Division