Friday, April 11, 2014

Man impersonating police officer led funeral procession

A man from Mableton, Georgia, was arrested on Saturday for pretending to be a police officer. 48-year-old Danny Ponder was arrested when Cobb County police say they caught him directing traffic for a funeral procession.

Leading the procession stopping and directing traffic, Ponder looked like a police officer and was driving a motorcycle with red and white flashing lights. However, police use blue flashing lights. A real officer followed the procession, not wanting to be intrusive and finally caught up with Ponder at a busy intersection.

He was in the middle of the intersection directing traffic for the procession. Ponder was charged with felony impersonating an officer. He wore a blue uniform with patches that said "Police" and had a gold badge that said "Special Services Police, State of Georgia".

He was carrying a Glock 23 pistols, two spare magazine of ammo, a radio that didn't work and a pair of handcuffs. Ponder was a police officer for about seven months in DeKalb County in 1988. His police officer certification was revoked in 1989. Ponder was arrested and is now out on a $5,700 bond.

With news video.

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