|Guilty plea entered in fake cop case|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
January 9, 2004 -- A 22-year-old Sulphur Springs man indicted in June 2003 for impersonating an officer entered a guilty plea before Eighth Judicial District Judge Robert Newsom Monday afternoon following an agreement with the district attorney's office.
Chase Craig Hudson was accused of the third-degree felony charge of "impersonating a peace officer ... by having a red flashing light on the dash of his vehicle, while pretending to go to the scene of an accident." In doing so, the complainant said Hudson drove at a high rate of speed through diverted traffic causing loose rocks to damage his vehicle.
Hudson agreed to plead guilty to Class A misdemeanor impersonating of a public servant for which he will serve two years probation, which includes special conditions restricting him from any contact, contract or connection with law enforcement agencies, government public safety officials, fire departments and emergency medical services
A second special condition stipulates that Hudson "shall not have in his possession any badges, uniforms or other symbols that indicates he is in any way affiliated with a law enforcement agency or an agency of government that provides public safety or emergency medical services."
This marks the second time Hudson has been convicted of crimes related to him being falsely identified as a public servant or peace officer.
He was convicted of the Class B misdemeanor offense of "falsely identifying himself as a peace officer" in October 2002. Hudson was sentenced to the maximum punishment for that crime, six months in jail, which was probated over a period of 18 months, with the provision that should Hudson violate his probation he could be made to serve the full 6 months in jail.
Hudson was alleged to have been wearing a Texas Department of Public Safety hat and identified himself as an undercover officer for DPS to several residents of a local apartment complex on more than one occasion during the summer of 2001.
The second charge, impersonating a public servant, was alleged to have occurred on Jan. 14, 2003. The plea agreement reach Monday on the second charge will also require Hudson to pay a $1,000 fine and restitution of $503.03 at a rate of $40 per month. He will also have to perform 100 hours of community service, to be conducted in increments of at least 16 hours per month until all hours have been completed.