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Man faces multiple charges, including impersonating officer

DULUTH - A Lawrenceville man charged with impersonating an officer at a Duluth McDonald's last week remains at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said 24-year-old Mohammed Faizal Taki of Lawrenceville pulled up to the 1963 Pleasant Hill Road restaurant's drive-through window around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday asking for change for a $100 bill.

Moloney said Taki had an assault rifle on his lap when he stopped at the window, but told the employee he was a police officer and not to worry about the weapon.

"He was scaring the employees," Moloney said.

Taki fell asleep or passed out in his vehicle while at the window, Moloney said, and employees called 911.

Moloney said Taki woke up while still parked at the drive-through, complaining to employees that he did not get his change. Taki, who police believed to have been drinking, fled the drive-through, but officers found him in the vehicle pulled to the side of a nearby road.

"When officers had (Taki) he definitely appeared incoherent and drunk," Moloney said.

Officers searched Taki's vehicle, finding the rifle, cocaine, marijuana and various rounds of ammunition. Moloney said he was unsure about the quantity of drugs found or how much they were worth.

Taki was arrested and transported to the Detention Center where Moloney said officers found a baggy in his shoe containing a chalky white substance believed to be cocaine.

The vehicle was impounded.

Moloney said Taki faces multiple charges related to the McDonald's incident, including DUI, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, felony VGCSA cocaine, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, felony possession of a weapon during a crime, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and impersonating an officer charge.

Wednesday's arrest was the seventh incarceration in the county's detention center for Taki since June 2006, Moloney added.

"Marijuana, alcohol and DUI were the common thread in all of (Taki's) previous arrests," Moloney said.

Taki has been denied bond and remained on the docket for the detention center Monday. Moloney said the impersonating an officer charge alone could result in up to five years in prison if Taki is convicted.