The Indiana state representative and firefighter was impersonating a police officer and trying to buy cocaine. He was also charged with drunk driving.
Dan Forestal knew he was sunk as the cops approached his car. He knew the arrest would be public and could cost him his job so he resisted, feebly, for a few minutes.
He has been suspended without pay from the Indianapolis Fire Department for 240 hours and will be placed on administrative duties.
From CNN: Democratic lawmaker Dan Forestal, 36, was elected in 2012. He was charged with one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement and impersonating a public servant, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.
His encounter with real officers happened Saturday night, after a resident called 911 to report someone impersonating an officer in in Indianapolis.
Forestal told the person he’s an officer doing a drug bust in the area, a probable cause affidavit says. He allegedly asked where the “people selling drugs” lived and flashed a badge on a silver chain.
When officers arrived, they found him in his car. He held onto the steering wheel and refused to step out, and was handcuffed after a brief struggle, the probable cause affidavit says.
He threatened to sue the officers for violating his rights, according to the affidavit, which also accused him of trying to buy cocaine.