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Man arrested for flashing badge at drive-thru


The Associated Press



NATCHEZ -- Officials say a 65-year-old Natchez man has been arrested for reportedly flashing a badge and impersonating an officer after he rear-ended a driver in October. 


Natchez Police Lt. Craig Godbold tells The Natchez Democrat Joe Fortenberry allegedly pulled out a badge claiming he was a sheriff's deputy after he hit a vehicle while in the drive-thru line on Oct. 9. 


An Adams County Sheriff's Office spokesman says Fortenberry was given an honorary deputy's badge by a sheriff prior to Sheriff Chuck Mayfield taking office. Honorary deputies are not deputized and do not have the authority to arrest anyone. 


Fortenberry was charged with impersonating an officer, a misdemeanor, and later released on a $726 bond. 


It was unclear whether Fortenberry has an attorney.




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