EDITOR’S NOTE: Sands Stimpson, the 32-year-old son of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, sent the following statement to local media today, one day after he was arrested on a charge of impersonating a peace officer. The statement and a letter he provided from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are reproduced in their entirety below.
Yesterday while I was driving to work I was stopped by an Alabama State Trooper. When he came to my window he said I was speeding. My Department of Conservation Deputy Game Warden Badge was sitting on my console. He asked about it and after some discussion, he contacted the Department of Conservation to verify my position as a Deputy Game Warden.
Unfortunately, he must have been unable to verify that I had been deputized, or that I had authorization to be in possession of a Deputy Game Warden badge.
I am attaching the letter I received from the Director of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries in 2007 appointing me as a deputy game warden. The letter is self explanatory.
My commission is specifically authorized for private property in Clarke County, Alabama. I am the third generation of my family to have a deputy game warden commission and badge. For more than 80 years my family has vigorously supported the efforts of the Department of Conservation to protect Alabama’s wildlife and their natural environment.
I would like to also correct inaccuracies in media reporting that include statements as to how I was dressed, i.e. “green pants like a game warden.” Yes, I had on green Bass Pro Shop work pants because I’m in the construction business. Also, I was wearing an orange shirt. There were no “blue lights” on my vehicle, nor do I own nor have I ever owned any “blue lights.” This information is simply false.
I was certainly driving too fast yesterday, and for that I apologize, but I never represented myself as something that I am not. During my interaction with the law enforcement officers they handled themselves in a professional manner, and I hope that they will attest that I did likewise. I look forward to a speedy resolution of this matter.