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BATON ROUGE- Senate Secretary Glenn Koepp said a lawmaker should not have flashed his badge to another driver in traffic recently, after he got out of his car to confront the driver he claimed was driving erratically.

That driver, Haley Nobles claims she was stopped, and honked at State Senator Troy Brown after he cut her off in traffic.

"Out of nowhere, there's a car that cuts me off, and so I honk the horn and say what are you doing," Nobles told WBRZ News 2. "You can't cut people off. He looks in the mirror, smiles at me and stomps on his brakes."

That's when Nobles said Brown got out of his car.

"He gets out of his car, walks up to me, pulls out a badge and says you don't know who I am," Nobles said. "You don't know what I could do. I can have you arrested."

Brown said he never threatened Nobles with an arrest. He told News 2 last week he didn't think this issue needed to be publicized, and claims Nobles was driving erratically when he honked at her.

"The badges weren't intended to flash to anybody," Senate Secretary Glenn Koepp said. 

According to Koepp, all lawmakers received the badges after Hurricane Katrina. During Katrina there were issues with road blocks that were set up and prevented some lawmakers from getting to their districts to deliver relief supplies or meet with constituents. However, the badges don't carry any law enforcement privileges and should only be used to get through a road block, according to Koepp. 

"Certainly they shouldn't be doing it, but we can't control the activities of an elected official," Koepp said.  "What they do on their own is their business, and there biggest issue is to answer to the people when they do something like this."

Brown did not return calls to WBRZ News 2 at the time of this report. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is investigating.


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