Birthday goes bad for local resident

Posted: March 21, 2013

The Winchester Star

William Trey Spooner

WINCHESTER — Who ever said make-believe on your birthday is against the law?

County officers didn’t take the matter lightly Tuesday when a Cross Junction resident allegedly went to a local hotel and pretended to be an undercover police officer.

William Trey Spooner was arrested and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer on the same day he turned 22.

He appeared on the charge Wednesday in Frederick County General District Court and was granted a $1,000 secured bond.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, Spooner entered the Marriott Towneplace Suites — 170 Getty Lane, off Berryville Pike (Va. 7) — and told the general manager he was an undercover police agent/informant with “Deputy Foster.”

“He stated he needed to get into a room to get a key piece of evidence,” the complaint states. “[He] told the general manager he needed evidence for Deputy Foster.”

When the manager asked for Spooner’s credentials, she smelled alcohol on his breath, she said.

Spooner replied, “absolutely, I understand,” but that as an undercover police officer, he didn’t carry a badge with him, the complaint states.

He added that he would go get his badge and come back.

The complaint did not state why Spooner allegedly wanted to get into the hotel room.

He is expected back in court on the charge at 2:30 p.m. June 11.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com