Ex-Brooklyn cop charged with DUI, impersonating an officer

News-DemocratDecember 7, 2013 

— A former Brooklyn police officer was stopped in Caseyville at 1:25 a.m. Saturday and later charged with driving under the influence and impersonating a police officer.

Harold Johnson, 56, of South Fifth Street in Brooklyn, was being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

He was driving a 1999 Ford pickup in the 2400 block of Old Country Inn Drive when he was pulled over by police for a traffic violation.

"He was driving under the influence," Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez said.

When he was asked to identify himself, Johnson said he was a Brooklyn police officer. But Alvarez said he contacted the Brooklyn Police chief and was told that Johnson was terminated earlier this year. And Brooklyn Police Chief Tony Tomlinson told Alvarez that the department has not been able to get Johnson to surrender his department-issued gun, badge and identification to the department.

Alvarez said Caseyville officers recovered the gun, badge and identification. The gun was loaded when officers seized it from Johnson.

Between working in Washington Park and Brooklyn, Johnson had been a police officer for more than 20 years.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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