Deputies charge man with impersonating officer
DENHAM SPRINGS - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Denham Springs man after they said he put lights and sirens on his vehicle and began pulling people over for speeding.
Deputies charged 67-year-old Nathaniel Bankston of Denham Springs with impersonating a peace officer and drug possession after his arrest Monday.
Sheriff Jason Ard said Bankston called the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Monday and told them he had pulled someone over for speeding and passing violations on LA 1024 and Napoleon Street. Deputies went to the scene and said they found Bankston was in his personal vehicle, which had lights and a siren installed on it and were used to pull a vehicle over.
Deputies said Bankston was also wearing an FBI Citizens Academy T-shirt and had papers which said they were 'special operations' credentials from the Department of Justice and commissions from West and East Baton Rouge Parishes.
"We were able to confirm that he was not a commissioned deputy in either parish," Ard said.
Deputies said they also found a bottle of prescription drugs in Bankston's vehicle, and that the bottle had someone else's name on it. Deputies arrested Bankston and said they removed the lights from his vehicle.
Ard said the driver Bankston stopped was released from the scene.