PERRYVILLE - A patrolman in line to be interviewed for the Perryville police chief position was arrested Friday morning in Richmond and charged with theft and impersonating an officer.
Eddie Wilson, of Richmond, was arrested about 2 a.m. at a bar there and charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300, impersonating a police officer and giving officers a false name and/or address.
He was released Friday afternoon from the Madison County Detention Center on a $1,000 bond.
According to officials at Perryville City Hall, Wilson started as a patrolman on June 1 and had applied for the chief's job Wednesday.
Mayor Bruce Richardson said he received a call from Richmond's police chief Friday morning notifying him of the arrest.
"Evidently, Eddie realized that he had dropped quite a bit of money at the bar that night and decided he may try to get it back. He made a very bad decision," Richardson said, explaining that he was told Wilson went behind the bar's counter to get some cash.