CHARLOTTE COUNTY- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested John Martin McDonald, 58, 23380 Freeport Ave., Port Charlotte, for Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer.
Last Thursday about 9:30 a.m., a Port Charlotte woman said she was on her way to work when a car behind her started honking. The man had his arm out the window holding a wallet that displayed a police type badge and gestured for her to pull over. She did so at Loveland and Peachland boulevards. The woman told detectives she recognized the man as McDonald, a neighbor who also lives on the street she lives.
The woman pulled over as instructed thinking McDonald may have been granted special authorization as a police officer. McDonald approached her, still holding the wallet and badge, for an unlawful traffic stop. The woman noticed it was a retired officer badge but couldn’t see the jurisdiction. She told detectives McDonald changed his conversation to more sexual in nature saying he was not receiving sex from his female companion. He continued making sexual comments in his attempt to flirt with the woman. At this time she told McDonald she had a boyfriend and needed to get to work; she drove off ending the encounter.
The woman said she was going to ignore the incident, but instead called CCSO Friday in an effort to prevent such an incident from happening again to another woman. Detectives located McDonald and developed probable cause to arrest him. He was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and was released on $2,500 bond.