There has been a rash of fake cops in the Lufkin area of late, with two men finding lodgings in the Angelina County Jail after run-ins with their authentic counterparts.
Per KTRE, Justin McDonald was jailed for violating the terms of his probation stemming from an incident 14 months ago. In February of last year, McDonald used red and blue lights on his car to pull a woman over in the Black Forest area of Zavalla. The woman said McDonald told her he was a deputy sheriff, but fortunately the woman knew McDonald personally and knew he was no such thing. She later called the real police, and McDonald was eventually convicted and given four years' probation, which he recently violated by staying out past curfew.
KTRE's most recent report notes that McDonald will not face a probation revocation but will instead be placed in "another facility."
Perhaps the boy ain't quite right. His most recent mug shot certainly suggests as much. Seldom have a faux-hawk and guyliner looked so sinister.
The other incident is more comical.
A chance encounter in a Dairy Queen parking lot spelled a misdemeanor charge for 17-year-old Zachary Allen Bridges.
According to a police affidavit reported in the Lufkin Daily News, DPS trooper Tamela Snider spotted Bridges there standing beside his truck in a homemade DPS uniform, complete with sidearm, utility belt and fake body armor.
Of course, the gun in Bridges's holster turned out to be an Airsoft BB gun that closely resembled a DPS-issued Sig Sauer model, and the "body armor" was a back-support brace.
Since Bridges was only caught dressing as a cop and didn't try to execute any official duties, you might wonder why he was arrested. It turns out this was his second go-round with the very same real DPS officer.
According to the report, Snider found the peach-fuzzed kid at the same DQ in the same garb once before. That time, Bridges got off with a warning. Snider told him to go home and change and never wear his hand-crafted uniform in public again. Showcasing the amazing wonder that is the teenage male mind, Bridges ignored the warning and wore the same uniform to the same place he got caught once before.
All of which explains why Bridges reportedly tried to take off in his truck when he saw Snider pull up again.
Unlike McDonald, who is charged with third-degree felony impersonation of a police officer, Bridges is charged with false identification as a police officer, a Class B misdemeanor.
Friends in the comments sections of the various reports say that Bridges really wants to be a cop someday...Racking up a criminal record isn't the way to do it, son. And you can't just join forces with the guyliner fake cop either, though another commenter's suggestion of a reality show about two fake East Texas cops called Officer Maybelline and the Kid is definitely something we would watch, albeit when no one else was at home or aware.