Man’s lights mean trouble

Tribune staff reports

A 20-year-old man linked to reports of a motorist using red and blue flashing lights resembling those on a police car was arrested for impersonating a police officer Friday night in Seymour.

Caleb C. Schryer, 20, of Seymour, who faces the Level 6 felony charge, punishable by six months to two years in jail if convicted, was arrested by Reserve Officer Scott Davis with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Schryer’s arrest occurred in a parking lot at Seymour High School where several witnesses said he was showing off a multi-color LED light system inside the housing of the headlights of his truck and how they could be made to display red and blue flashing lights through an app on his cellphone, according to a news release issued by Davis. One of those witnesses was Charlie Murphy, an off-duty county reserve officer.

The sheriff’s department had received a report earlier Friday that Schryer had been using the lights while following another vehicle on Community Drive near the high school, Davis said.

The public can purchase multi-colored LED lights from various stores, but state statute makes it illegal to use them while operating the vehicle on public property, Davis said.

Schryer was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 8:13 p.m. Friday and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

Davis was assisted by Murphy, Reserve Officer Shane Collier and county Officer Jesse Hutchinson.