The caller told authorities the woman, identified as Dorothy Brooks, was stopping drivers, and asking for their drivers licenses and insurance information. Police reported that the same neighbors had previously called about Brooks harassing them about their driving.
While he was driving toward Brookes home on Cannon Street, an officer saw Brooks flashing a strobe style flashlight at him in attempt to stop him. Brooks turned off the light after seeing the officer.
The officer noted Brooks wearing a hat that identified her as a police officer as well as a BRPD police badge. Brooks claimed she was a retired Baton Rouge police officer and that she purchased a police badge from the department. Brooks denied that she was stopping drivers.
Police say a Brooks produced handwritten business cards, identifying Brooks as the Cannon St. Police.
The officer seized Brooks hat, badge and the handwritten business card. She was booked into the East Baton Rouge parish jail and charged with impersonating a police officer.
BATON ROUGE – Police arrested a woman for stopping cars in a Baton Rouge neighborhood while impersonating an officer.
Shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, Dorothy Brooks was seen flashing a strobe style flashlight at vehicles in the 4200 block of Cannon Street. While patrolling the area, an officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department was flagged down by Brooks.
Once Brooks realized the vehicle was a police unit, she stopped flashing her light. The officer noticed that Brooks was wearing a police department hat and badge.
While speaking with authorities, Brooks allegedly said she bought the badge after retiring from the department.
Authorities spoke with one of Brooks neighbors who provided a handwritten business card. The card said, “Cannon St. Police” and had Brooks phone number on it. Other people in the community said Brooks had attempted to pull them over in the past.
Police took Brooks badge, hat, and business card. She was charged with impersonating a police officer.