Angelina County man arrested for impersonating officer

Justin McDonald mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Justin McDonald mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

By Christel Phillips - bio | email

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -Investigators with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a man accused of impersonating an officer.

Thursday, Justin McDonald, 19, was booked into the Angelina County Jail, charged with impersonating a peace officer.

Sheriff's deputies say Wednesday night, the suspect used red and blue emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop off a farm road near Zavalla, in the Black Forest area. Authorities say the suspect approached the driver and identified himself as a sheriff's deputy.

According to Lt. Pete Cooper with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, the woman McDonald allegedly pulled over recognized him, and she knew that he was not an officer. The woman then filed a complaint.

According to the sheriff's office, McDonald is believed to be connected to a recent incident in which another vehicle was pulled over by someone impersonating an officer in Jasper County.

Impersonating an officer is a third-degree felony. If convicted, McDonald faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

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