A Denham Springs man was arrested after he allegedly impersonated a Louisiana State Police trooper, the agency said.
Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, a St. James Parish Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol at the St. James Boat Club on U.S. 61 in Gramercy when he saw two vehicles without boats or trailers in the parking lot. The deputy approached a man and woman sitting inside one of the vehicles. The man, 37-year-old Thomas Mansur, identified himself to the deputy as a “state trooper” and presented a State Police sergeant’s badge, State Police said in a news release.
The deputy contacted State Police to identify Mansur, and a trooper came to the scene. The trooper recognized Mansur as a former civilian employee of the Department of Public Safety’s Radio Maintenance division, State Police said.
Mansur admitted to identifying himself as a trooper and presenting a badge to the deputy, State Police said. His badge was confiscated, and Mansur was placed under arrest.
As the trooper arrested him, Mansur allegedly said that the trooper “would regret arresting him” and that he would “slander” the trooper on social media, State Police said.
State Police confirmed that Mansur once worked as a civilian employee for the DPS Radio Maintenance division, but he is no longer employed there. Mansur has never been a trooper, State Police said.
Mansur was booked into St. James Parish Prison on counts of false personation of a police officer and public intimidation.