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Sheriff: Man impersonating officer called dispatchers to report he pulled over traffic violators

Nathaniel Bankston (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office) Nathaniel Bankston (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) -

On Monday, October 5, 2015, dispatchers with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office received a cell phone call from a man advising that he had performed a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding and passing violations on LA Hwy 1024 and Napoleon St in Livingston Parish.

Sheriff Ard advises that a member of LPSO’s Uniform Patrol Division responded to the scene. 

Sheriff Ard says 67-year-old Nathaniel Bankston of Denham Springs conducted the traffic stop. Bankston was in his personal vehicle, which was equipped with lights and a siren.

"He actually deployed that siren to get the vehicle to pull over," said Sheriff Ard.

Bankston was wearing a shirt from the FBI Citizens Academy and a cap during the traffic stop. Bankston was also found to be in possession of 'special operations' credentials from the Department of Justice and commissions from West and East Baton Rouge Parishes. 

"We were able to confirm that he was not a commissioned deputy in either parish," said Sheriff Ard.

As the investigation progressed, a prescription bottle containing a Schedule IV CDS was found in Bankston’s vehicle. The medication was located in a bottle belonging to someone other than Bankston.

Sheriff Ard says, "We removed the emergency lights and sirens from Bankston’s vehicle and Mr. Bankston was placed under arrest."

Bankston remains in the Livingston Parish Detention Center where he is being held on a $35,000 bond. 

The driver of the vehicle Bankston stopped was released at the scene.

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