Employee used Jasper County coroner van to pull over driver

info@islandpacket.comNovember 8, 2013 

An employee of a Bluffton funeral home tried to conduct a traffic stop while using the lights on a Jasper County coroner's van Thursday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Only problem is, he's not authorized to do that.

A man who works at Sauls Funeral Home was driving east on Okatie Highway near the Broad River Bridge about 5:30 p.m. when he noticed a silver BMW driving aggressively and cutting off other cars, according to an incident report. The employee told deputies he was concerned the driver would cause an accident, the report said.

While speaking with members of the 911 Dispatch Center, the man allegedly turned on the blue lights in the van's windshield to signal the BMW to pull over.

The other driver did so, but then drove off when he did not recognize the van as a law enforcement vehicle, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies told the employee he had no authority to make a traffic stop and advised him to contact the Sheriff's Office for help in the future. He was not charged in the incident.

Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls said he had not been aware of the incident, adding that the man solely works for his funeral home.

"There's only two employees of the Coroner's Office, and that's me and my deputy," he said.

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