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Corbin man accused of having pizzas delivered to police station awaiting court date

Faces two felony charges


A Corbin man accused of claiming to be a Corbin Police officer and ordering five large pizzas to be delivered to the station is out of jail and awaiting his day in court.
Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Harp has been released from the Whitley County Detention Center on a $2,500 surety bond Wednesday evening. Under the terms of a surety bond, the individual does not have to post any money or property, but signs paperwork agreeing to appear in court as required.
According to officials at the Whitley County Court Clerk’s office, no court date has been set.
Harp was initially arrested about 8:30 p.m. on charges that he had shoplifted $36 worth of beer from the Circle K on Gordon Street.
“He had the big cammo pants on and was caught on video stuffing the big cans of beer in the pockets and running out the door,” said Corbin Police Major Rob Jones, the department’s public affairs officer, adding that Harp allegedly did that two or three times that day.
Corbin Police Captain Coy Wilson took Harp into custody and lodged him in a hold cell at the police station while completing the paperwork.
At some point, Harp asked to use his cell phone to make a call. He allegedly used it to call the Domino’s Pizza in Corbin, claiming to be Wilson and requesting the five large pizzas.
Harp was taken on to the detention center before the pizzas arrived, which was about 11 p.m.
“Officer Jeff Hill paid for the pizzas,” Jones said, noting the bill was about $50.
In addition to the shoplifting and public intoxication charges, Harp has also been charged with impersonating a peace officer, identity theft and theft by deception.
Under Kentucky Law, impersonating a peace officer is a felony.
According to the Kentucky Revised Statute, a person is guilty of impersonating a police officer, “if he pretends to be a peace officer, or to represent a law enforcement agency or act with the authority or approval of law enforcement agency, with intent to induce another to submit to the pretended official authority or otherwise to act in reliance upon the pretense to his prejudice.”
Jones said there is no misdemeanor statute.
In an interview with WKYT at the jail, Harp said he is being wrongfully accused, noting there were multiple people in the hold cell that used the cell phone.
"I guess take it to court and see what happens,” Harp said.

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