Police: Lufkin man arrested for homemade DPS outfit

Zachary Bridges mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Zachary Bridges mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man landed himself in jail, police said he was caught trying to pose as a DPS trooper.

Thursday night at approximately 9:30 Lufkin Police officers responded to a Dairy Queen on the 2300 block of Atkinson Drive, to assist an off-duty DPS trooper.

According to a police report, Zachary Allen Bridges, 17, of Lufkin, was dressed and posing as a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper.

An off-duty DPS trooper had detained the suspect, after she noticed him dressed as a trooper.

The trooper told police she noticed Bridges in the parking lot, standing next to his truck, she stated she  remembered him, from another incident where he was dressed as a peace officer once before.

He was not arrested at that time, instead Bridges was given a warning about the offense he committed and released.

It seems Bridges really wanted to be an officer.

Lufkin Police said he appeared to be wearing an official DPS trooper uniform, but upon closer look, it turned out to be a "homemade uniform."

Bridges allegedly wore a nylon "duty belt" with accessory pouches and holsters, those typically worn by law enforcement officers.

Bridges went so far to carry "a gun." Police stated his pistol holster held what appeared to be a Sig Sauer brand pistol, the same type of issued duty weapon of DPS troopers, but authorities soon discovered the weapon was a plastic replica, only an air-soft BB gun.

Bridges took his impersonation even further; police stated beneath his shirt, the suspect wore a back support brace which he explained was intended to resemble law enforcement body armor.

Bridges was arrested and charged with false ID as a police officer.

He was booked into the Angelina County Jail; he was released Friday on a $1,500 bond.

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