Crime

Ellenton man charged with impersonating officer at bar, punching patron

MANATEE -- An Ellenton man was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer Sunday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Adrian Q. Culpepper, 26, was arrested at 3:26 a.m. Sunday outside Three Oaks Bar & Grill, 3503 U.S. 301, Ellenton. According to a report, Culpepper walked into the bar and began to tell everyone that he is a sheriff and threatened to take them to jail.

"He talked about his 'cop buddies' and he will win," a report states.

Deputies said Culpepper then hit a patron and was told to leave by another patron. According to a report, Culpepper then punched a man, giving the victim a bloody nose. The victim, who declined to press charges, tried to escort Culpepper out of the bar. According to a report, Culpepper again told them that he was a sheriff. He stood in the middle of U.S. 301 as a sheriff drove by in a marked car.

Culpepper was released from Manatee County jail the same day on $1,500 bond, according to the sheriff's website.

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