A 21-year-old Stephenville man will be on probation for 10 years after pleading no contest Thursday in Brown County to impersonating a peace officer.
    Taezer Thompson pleaded no contest in a plea bargain before Brown County Court-at-Law Judge Sam Moss.
    Moss approved a plea bargain negotiated between District Attorney Micheal Murray and defense attorney Tommy Adams and placed Thompson on 10 years deferred adjudication. The plea bargain included a $1,500 fine and 160 hours of community service.
    The state dismissed a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as part of the plea bargain.
    According to a report by Brown County Sheriff’s deputy Taylor Fletcher:
    Thompson’s Chevrolet Tahoe had an emergency siren, an in-car dash camera, a white off-road light bar across the top of the windshield and amber warning lights on the back.
    Fletcher responded at 3:10 a.m. Jan. 1 to a report of a reckless driver traveling toward Brown County from Comanche County on U.S. Highway 67/377. Fletcher learned Thompson had been following the driver since Dublin because Thompson believed that driver was possibly intoxicated.
    The driver pulled to the side of the road in the Blanket area to relieve himself, and Thompson stopped behind the vehicle. Thompson activated the off-road lightbar on his Tahoe, pulled a gun and identified himself as a police officer.
    Thompson detained the driver until a Comanche County deputy, who was also responding to the reckless driver report, arrived on the scene.
    The driver, who was not intoxicated, said he complied with Thompson’s orders because he feared he would be shot.
    “We don’t know much about his personal background, but we do know that he’s not a certified peace officer,” Sheriff Vance Hill said earlier.
    In other recent court cases, according to information from Murray’s office:
    Bryan Thomas Duke pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance — drug free zone and was sentenced to four years in prison.
    Karen Denise Veitch pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail.
    Treilynn Nelson James pleaded guilty to theft — enhanced and was sentenced to 15 months in state jail.
    Marcela Barela pleaded not guilty to evading arrest but was found guilty by the court and sentenced to seven years in prison.
    Kenneth Holmes pleaded guilty to DWI and was sentenced to five years in prison.