CLARK CO., Ind. (WHAS11) – A man was arrested after police say he impersonated an officer in Clark County on two separate occasions.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says they received a complaint about a person driving erratically and displaying a police badge. An officer found the vehicle on Utica Street in Sellersburg, Ind. and conducted a traffic stop to talk to the driver, identified as William Leach.
A portable police radio and police badge were found in Leach’s possession, according to the sheriff’s office. Through the investigation of the sheriff’s office, Leach admitted he had shown the badge to a person after consuming alcohol and had also stated he worked at Clark County 911. He then stated he was trying to go to work for his shift and the badge belonged to his late father.
The first complaint reported said Leach was following closely behind a vehicle, flashing bright lights off and on and he had pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and approached the vehicle. According to the sheriff’s office that is when Leach presented the badge and said he was an officer before driving off.
The Jeffersonville Police Department helped locate the subject from a second incident involving Leach. This subject told the sheriff’s office that her juvenile daughter believed she was being followed home after leaving work by another vehicle. The driver in that vehicle was confronted by the juvenile’s mother when she met her daughter outside of their home. The sheriff’s office said the subject had then presented a badge and left quickly.
The license plate information was taken down during each incident and matched the vehicle that Leach was driving, according to the sheriff’s office.
Leach is charged with impersonating a public servant and operating while intoxicated.