BRPD: Man impersonates officer, threatens motorist over traffic grudge
BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge man has been arrested after police say he threatened a man Monday over a traffic incident that happened four months ago.
According to arrest records, a victim told Baton Rouge Police that he pulled into a Perkins Road parking lot when he was approached by 36-year-old James Bartee. The victim said Bartee opened his door, said “remember me fatso,” then slapped the victim.
The victim said Bartee then retrieved a collapsible baton from his pickup truck and said he would break the victim’s legs if he reported the incident to police. Bartee said he knew where the victim lived. Bartee then put on a Louisiana State Police baseball cap and left the scene.
The victim told detectives that four months ago, Bartee cut him off in traffic and threatened him. In that incident, Bartee told the victim that he was a police officer. The victim was unable to get a license plate number before Bartee left.
Baton Rouge Police note that the victim identified Bartee using a single DMV photograph.
Bartee was charged Thursday with a felony count of false impersonation of a peace officer, simple battery and aggravated assault.