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Alleged impersonators again charged, jailed

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two men arrested last week in separate alleged acts of impersonating a police officer are in hot water again.

Mihai Resiga, 36, facing felony charges of impersonating an officer, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and DUI stemming from an Aug. 20 incident, was arrested Wednesday and charged with simple assault in connection with an alleged altercation with a woman at his house in the 4900 block of Cross Court in Lilburn. Jail records show the woman is a relative.

Resiga, a native of Romania, allegedly was "waving his gun around while being under the influence of alcohol stating that he was going to take care of all the witnesses and the victim," according to his arrest warrant.

As of Thursday evening, he remained in the Gwinnett County Jail.

Last week, Resiga's car hit a woman's vehicle on Killian Hill Road, causing minor damage, police said. He exited his vehicle, walked to her car, showed her a holstered handgun on his waist and flashed some sort of identification card, according to his arrest warrant.

After telling the driver he was a cop, Resiga offered her $2,000 to not call the police, the warrant says. Suspicious, the woman called police who later arrested Resiga, who allegedly had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit.

Meanwhile, Reginald Lamar Finley, 40, jailed Aug. 20 after he allegedly flashed an expired Chattanooga Police Department badge and ID card to get out of a traffic violation, was finally arrested on charges he used his bogus police position to get half off his rent, authorities said.

After Finley bonded out of jail last week, investigators discovered he lied to management at Wesley Herrington Apartments, where he lives, purporting himself as an officer to receive the discount. Police, though weren't been able to locate him until Wednesday.

"Officers went to his apartment after midnight, and he was arrested without incident," Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said. "Officers called him on his cell phone after he didn't come to the door. After speaking to him on the phone, he came out of the apartment."

Charged with theft by deception and an additional charge of impersonating an officer, Finley remained in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond Thursday.

An officer stopped Finley about 1 a.m. Aug. 20 in Norcross because a tag on his 1999 Ford Expedition had expired. Finley allegedly showed the officer a badge and ID card issued by Chattanooga police, and also an expired military ID. He told the officer he also worked for a task force in Georgia, police said.

Records show Finley was employed with Chattanooga police from 1993 to October 1999. He was discharged that month due to "negligence in performing duties," according to his personnel file.

- Staff writer Josh Green contributed to this report