Former Metro-East officer charged with police impersonation, DUI

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by Elizabeth Eisele and Brendan Marks / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 5:27 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A former Brooklyn, Ill. police officer is accused of impersonating a police officer and being in possession of a loaded handgun.

Caseyville Police said they stopped Harold Johnson, 56, for a traffic violation in the 2400 block of Old Country Inn Drive around 1:25 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities say Johnson identified himself as a Brooklyn police officer and still had a department-issued gun and badge in his possession.

Police arrested Johnson for a DUI and driving with a suspended license.

According to police, Johnson was then charged with falsely impersonating a peace officer and for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say he blew a .105 BAC at the scene.

According to Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez, Johnson was fired from the Brooklyn Police Department earlier this year. Brooklyn police say they tried getting Johnson’s gun and badge back through the mail, but he refused.

Johnson is being held at the St. Clair County Jail on a $10,000 bond. 

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