Stephenville resident Taezer Thompson, on probation since 2017 in Brown County for impersonating a peace officer, unlawfully restrained a woman in Stephenville in September, Judge Steve Ellis ruled Monday during an adjudication hearing in Brown County.
Ellis made the ruling after hearing testimony in a state’s motion to adjudicate.
Ellis ruled “true” to the state’s two allegations that Thompson, 24, had violated his probation. In addition to unlawful restraint, Thompson also failed to perform community service hours as required by his probation.
Ellis did not make a ruling Monday on the consequences of Thompson’s actions and set a sentencing hearing for Jan. 6.
Stephenville police arrested Thompson in October on a warrant for unlawful restraint in connection with the September incident, testimony showed.
He and his wife own a taxi service in Stephenville.
In 2017, Thompson pleaded no contest to impersonating a peace officer in Brown County and was placed on 10 years deferred adjudication.
In that incident, Thompson was alleged to have been driving a Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with an emergency siren, in-car dash camera and off-road light bar across the top when he began following a man Thompson claimed was driving erratically.
Thompson followed the man from Dublin to the Blanket area, and pulled up behind him when the man stopped.
Thompson activated the light on his Tahoe, pulled out a gun and identified himself as a police officer, Brown County sheriff’s officials said earlier.
In Monday’s court hearing, Assistant District Attorney Elisha Bird called the victim, a Stephenville resident, to testify.
The victim asked the E-T to withhold her name because she is “terrified” of Thompson.
The victim testified that she was driving on Frey Street, headed home around 2 a.m. on Sept. 29 when she noticed a vehicle parked at the curb with its hazard lights flashing.
A different vehicle — a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a man the victim identified as Thompson — pulled from an intersecting street into her path and blocked her, forcing her to stop, the victim testified.
The Tahoe had a “bright white light” on its top and the victim said she initially thought the Tahoe was operated by a sheriff’s deputy. The man the victim identified as Thompson approached her window and asked, “Do you enjoy following people?”
When the victim realized Thompson was not a deputy, she testified that she “shut the door and took off.”
She said her vehicle jumped the curb as she maneuvered around Thompson’s Tahoe.
The victim said she drove straight to the Stephenville Police Department and was followed by the Tahoe as well as the vehicle that had been parked with its hazards flashing.
The victim went inside and gave a statement to officers.
Thompson also pulled into the parking lot of the police department, Stephenville officer Andrew Honecker testified.
It was learned that the vehicle the victim had seen with its hazards flashing was driven by a woman who works for the Thompsons’ taxi service, Honecker testified.
Thompson told police he had stopped the victim because, Thompson claimed, she had been following his employee. Stephenville police later obtained a warrant for unlawful restraint.
Another Stephenville officer, Danna Parr, testified that the victim appeared frightened by the incident, and Parr escorted her to her vehicle when she left.
Defense attorney Heath Allen argued that the state had not met its burden of proving that Thompson had unlawfully restrained the woman.
Allen also argued that Thompson had made good on his community service deficit after the state filed its motion to adjudicate in October.
Bird countered that the act of blocking Martin, done with the intent to “intimidate and harass,” was unlawful restraint.
Bird also argued Thompson’s performance of community service hours after the state filed its motion to adjudicate had come too late.