Tyler man impersonates police and pulls over driver; arrested

Published on Thursday, 18 May 2017 17:09 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com

A Tyler man has been charged with a third degree felony for allegedly impersonating a public servant. 

John David Harwood, 35, of Tyler, was arrested Wednesday by Tyler police and the U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force in the 2600 block of South Chilton Avenue.

An arrest warrant affidavit said Tyler police responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle coming off Chilton Avenue onto Old Bullard Road on May 2.

A driver reported to Tyler police that he was pulled over on Old Bullard Road by someone in a white Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with blue and red flashing lights and a siren. 

The driver was able to get the license plate number and called Tyler police when he became suspicious of the person in the Tahoe not being a police officer. 

The affidavit said a Tyler motorcycle officer spotted the Tahoe and pulled it over on May 11.  

Harwood identified himself to police and showed the officer the lights and the sirens he had on his Tahoe.  

Tyler police confirmed with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement that Harwood was not a licensed peace officer in Texas. 

An arrest warrant was issued for Harwood’s arrest on Monday. 

According to Smith County judicial records, Harwood was booked into the Smith County Jail shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday and held on a $150,000 bond. His bond was posted and he was released from jail on Wednesday.

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