KENNER, La. (WGNO) - A Kenner man has been arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer.
Investigators say a driver he’d pulled over became suspicious and dialed 911.
“He been, oh man, he been bucked around here man,” neighbor Billy Lewis said. “He been doing it ratchet round here.”
Billy Lewis says many in his cozy community have grown used to Wade Boudoin’s shenanigans; but passersby and others new to the neighborhood have been rolling right into his web of deception.
“Oh man, everybody think, your neighbor a police, across the street. No man, he ain’t no police. He want to be one,” Lewis said.
Police say the Kenner man was caught in the act Monday impersonating a police officer.
Detectives say Boudoin waved a flashlight to stop a female driver.
“He said that he had her on radar speeding through the neighborhood,” Kenner Police spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor explained. “He threatened to take her to jail; he also indicated that he’d have her take a Breathalyzer test and so forth.”
The driver then called Kenner Police.
At the request of officers, she made another pass along Furman Circle in front of Boudoin’s house.
Again, investigators say he stopped her vehicle, but when he did real officers were watching and waiting.
“They observed him approach the vehicle,” McGregor said. “They observed him identified himself as a police officer, and they went ahead and took him into custody at that point.”
“I came out here at 2 o’clock in the morning the other day and I saw the cops wrestling him to the ground,” neighbor Michael Duzac said.
Once in custody police discovered Wade Boudoin was wearing a black t-shirt marked “police.”
He had a police belt, equipped with handcuffs, a radio, and mace.
Detectives say he also had a security badge and a toy gun.
Trotter asked, “So he had a water gun? Yeah he had a water gun is what he had in his possession at the time,” McGregor replied.
Trotter asked Lewis, “You’ve seen him stop someone? Yeah I’ve seen him, yeah,” he replied.
Lewis says he’s heard his neighbor trying to keep drivers from going over the posted 20mph speed limit.
“Slow this car down; such and such car down,” Lewis recounted. “You’re going 35 miles per hour.”
Police say if you have a speeding problem in your neighborhood don’t take matters into your own hands. Instead they suggest you dial 911.
Impersonating a police officer is a felony offense.