Ex-police officer faces DUI, impersonation charges

Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CASEYVILLE – Authorities said a former southwestern Illinois police officer has been charged with driving under the influence and impersonating a police officer.

Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez said 56-year-old Harold J. Johnson of Brooklyn is being held in the St. Clair County Jail with bond set at $10,000.

Authorities said Johnson was pulled over for a traffic violation early Saturday. Alvarez said Johnson was driving under the influence and claimed to be a Brooklyn police officer during the stop. He had a loaded gun with him, which police seized. Police later learned Johnson had been fired from the Brooklyn police force earlier this year, but he hadn’t turned in his gun and badge.

It was not immediately clear if Johnson has an attorney.

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