By Bonnie Culverhouse
A former Bossier City police officer is behind bars for impersonation, along with other charges.
Minden Police arrested Donovan Jamall Youngblood, 26, of the 2700 block of Darien St., Shreveport, for false impersonation of a police officer, improper display, unsafe vehicle, blue lights equipped, obscured view and modified exhaust.
Chief Jared McIver said Lt. Chris Hammontree was on patrol on Shreveport Road around 9 p.m. Monday when he observed a white Crown Victoria with blue marker lights equipped and activated on the front of the vehicle.
“When Lt. Hammontree got behind the vehicle, there was a blurry plate cover obscuring the numbers,” McIver said. “He initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, which turned left on Randall Street and stopped.”
When Hammontree approached the vehicle, the driver (identified as Youngblood) reportedly told the lieutenant not to look inside his vehicle, referring to the officer’s flashlight.
“Youngblood told the officer that he was the police in Bossier and had ‘heard how Minden Police were,’” said the chief. “Lt. Hammontree asked to see Youngblood’s commission card and Youngblood said he did not have it on him. He told the lieutenant that he has been an officer with Bossier for approximately one year and provided a badge number.”
According to the report, Youngblood had stickers on his windshield blocking his view, the ties on the vehicle had exposed wires, the exhaust had been modified and had custom duel tips.
“Lt. Hammontree contacted Bossier Police dispatch, and after some research, they informed him that Youngblood had been ‘let go’ and was no longer employed by the Bossier City Police Office,” McIver said. “When our officer confronted Youngblood, he claimed he never told Hammontree he is currently a police officer.”
Youngblood was taken into custody, booked at Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.
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