published Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Man parks black Ford Explorer alongside I-75, gets arrested for pretending to be officer

A 24-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and charged with criminal impersonation and unlawful use of blue lights after Chattanooga police found him sitting in a black Ford Explorer on the side of Interstate 75, acting like he was running radar on passing drivers.

Andrew Hammonds’ vehicle was equipped with a working siren and blue lights. When asked by police why he was parked perpendicular to traffic and not moving, he said his SUV had broken down and he’d just happened to stop that way.

Hammonds faces several charges including impersonation of a licensed professional and having an expired registration.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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