Local chiropractor charged with pretending to be policeman

Thursday, May 21, 1998

BY JANICE MORSE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON -- A local chiropractor broke the law, police say, when he allegedly tried a new method of attracting patients.

"He was contacting (traffic) accident victims on the telephone and saying that he was a police officer who recommended Advanced Chiropractic -- his office -- for their chiropractic needs," Sgt. Dan Pratt, Hamilton police spokesman, said Wednesday.

But the chiropractor, Vincent G. Powell of Loveland, who was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of personating a police officer, said, "It was some kind of miscommunication or misunderstanding." He declined to comment further.

Dr. Powell, 47, whose Advanced Chiropractic Center is at 1019 High St., had been coming into the police station for the last several months and getting crash victims' names from accident reports, Sgt. Pratt said. The doctor then apparently sought out the injured victims.

That isn't illegal, but pretending to be a police officer is, Sgt. Pratt said.

As of Wednesday, police had received reports from two people alleging the misrepresentation.

Dr. Powell was released from the city jail on his promise to appear Friday in Hamilton Municipal Court.



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