WHITE COUNTY, Ark. — On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the White County Sheriff’s Office prepared a report for a 15-year-old girl and her mother. The girl said she was traveling down Highway 36 West and near the Valley Baptist Church when she was pulled over by a man driving a black car, with emergency lights in the window, who claimed he was a “Kensett Officer”.
The girl said the man unlawfully searched her vehicle after she questioned him if he was supposed to ask if he could search it. The girl said the man responded by telling her “I do what I want so get out of the [explicit] car”.
The girl went on to say that as she exited the car, the man pushed her out of the way and began to search the car. Once he was done searching, she said the man accused her of being drunk and administered her a “breathalyzer test”. She stated that he refused to give back her driver’s license and then left to go pull over another vehicle in the same area.
When asked about the description of the car, the girl said that the vehicle read “Kensett Police” on the side of the car but it didn’t look professional.
She described the man as being a white male, 6’2 or 6’3, clean-shaven with dark hair, brown eyes and very heavy set. She also said the man was not wearing a duty belt and only had a pair of handcuffs.
A criminal investigation was immediately started. The White County Sheriff’s Office contacted Chief John Pollard of the Kensett Police Department who denied having anyone on shift who fit that description, nor did he have a patrol unit to match the vehicle.
Throughout the investigation, Jeremy D. Kurck, 39-years-old of Jacksonville, was developed as a suspect. The girl positively identified Kurck as the man who conducted the traffic stop and took her driver’s license. A quick check of Mr. Kurck’s criminal history revealed a previous history of posing as a police officer and was arrested in Lonoke County in 2019 for the same offense.
With the help of the Jacksonville Police Department, White County Patrol Deputies and Detectives were able to locate Mr. Kurck at his home in Jacksonville where he was taken into custody. A search of the home yielded an assortment of law enforcement badges and law enforcement duty equipment.
Kurck was booked into the White County Sheriff’s Detention Center for Criminal Impersonation, a class D felony, False Imprisonment-2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor and Theft of Property, a class A misdemeanor.
Kurck is scheduled to appear in White County Circuit Court on June 2, 2020 at 9 a.m.
We are asking if anyone has encountered Mr. Kurck under the same circumstances to please contact the White County Sheriff’s Department at 501-279-6279 or the White County Dispatch Center at 501-279-6241. This case is still ongoing.