Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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LAWRENCEVILLE -- A former College Park police officer held himself out as current cop and possessed the drug Ecstasy during a recent traffic stop on his Harley Davidson, police said Friday.
A Lawrenceville police officer pulled over Atlanta resident Donnell Eppinger, 36, on Ga. Highway 316 after his tag came back expired the night of July 17.
The officer noticed Eppinger was wearing a police uniform in his driver's license photo. Eppinger told the officer he was employed with College Park police and flashed his "spare" badge, according to a Lawrenceville police report.
When asked, Eppinger told the officer he'd left his department-issued ID card at home, which raised the officer's suspicions. The officer called a College Park police supervisor, who said Eppinger had resigned three months prior.
The officer arrested Eppinger for impersonating police as a K-9 dog detected narcotics in the motorcycle's saddlebags. Police found two pills that tested positive for Ecstasy, more than $1,500 cash and a Glock pistol, the report states.
Police charged Eppinger with impersonating an officer, possession of narcotics and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on $17,100 bond the day of his arrest.
An official with College Park police told WSB-TV the department had terminated Eppinger after confirming he belonged to a "criminal motorcycle club." Police in that city are investigation how Eppinger still had an official badge.
The Lawrenceville police report lists Eppinger as being associated with Georgia's Outcast MC motorcycle club.