Man behind bars for impersonating a police officer

Posted at 11:58 AM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 13:51:48-04

A Temple man was arrested Thursday morning after impersonating a police officer back in March.

According to police, On March 21 just before 7:30, 53-year-old Timmy Lee Durkee went up to two boys in a parking lot next to Frank's Garage on South 25th St. and showed them his badge without saying a word. 

The two noticed the badge was round and shiny gold colored. One of the boys said he didn't believe the badge was real and told Durkee they thought it was a fake.

Durkee told them it was real and then said that he was a police officer. That's when he took off going north on in a blue-colored four door car. He eventually stopped next to Frank's Garage on the corner of S. 25th and Ave. C.

One of the boy's mothers confronted Durkee and asked what he said to her son and why he was watching them.

Durkee told her he thought they looked suspicious and there had been some break ins at the storage unit. He also told her he was an officer with the Bell County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators ran the license plate and identified the owner as Durkee. 

A warrant was issued for Durkee's arrest.

He is in the Bell County Jail on a $1,500 bond. 

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