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Men face charges after 'Smokey and the Bandit' test drive

Two men were charged Thursday afternoon with impersonating a public servant after they took a used car for a test drive and employed the vehicle's siren and lights to clear motorists out of their way, Lexington police said.

Jonathan A. Hunter, 21, and Joshua C. Parker, 23, were taken into custody after taking the car for a test drive from Tri-City Auto, 617 East New Circle Road.

Paul King, general sales manager for the car lot, said the two took a 1993 white Ford Crown Victoria with emergency response lights and a siren for a test drive. The car had come from a dealer auction in West Virginia.

King later learned that the two had used the car for 30 to 45 minutes to, in his words, "play Smokey and the Bandit." King said he didn't know that the equipment on the car worked.

Lexington police Lt. Scott Blakely said the two did not physically get out of the car and confront any other motorists, but they are accused of using the car's emergency-response equipment to clear traffic and talk to other drivers through a public-address system. The incident happened on New Circle Road, Meadow Lane and Floyd Drive.

The two men were lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.

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