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Former Mabscott, WV police officer arrested for impersonating an officer following a traffic stop in Fayette County

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Former police officer Michael Jarvis pulled over for speeding; charged with impersonating a police officer and providing false information to State Police Former police officer Michael Jarvis pulled over for speeding; charged with impersonating a police officer and providing false information to State Police
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Speeding led to the arrest of a former Mabscott, WV police officer, but it's what he tried to do during the traffic stop that's causing controversy.

The criminal complaint says Tuesday, June 3 Corporal Michael Underwood with West Virginia Parkway Authority pulled Michael Jarvis over in Fayette County on Route 19 in between Hico and Summersville, for going 19 miles over the speed limit.

The complaint says when asked for his driver's license and registration, Jarvis told Underwood he is an officer with Mabscott Police. When Jarvis handed over his pay stub, dated in January, Underwood noticed his police badge was missing from his wallet. Underwood then called Mabscott Police Chief Lee Cook for his employment status.

Chief Cook told us Michael Jarvis was hired as a Mabscott Police Officer in December. He said Jarvis put in his letter of resignation to the Police Department two weeks ago, which went into effect May 30th. 

Chief Cook told us this isn't Jarvis' first time being in and out of a job with law enforcement.

"He used to work for Mount Hope Police Department. He was officer there and was dismissed. He also used to work for Alachua County in Florida, he was a detective for them," said Cook.

Jarvis is charged with "providing false information to State Police" and "impersonating a police officer." He was released Tuesday on $1,000 bond. His arraignment date has not yet been set.

According to the Fayette County Magistrate's Office, Michael Jarvis faces a possible $200 fine or up to $60 days in jail for his charges.