BATON ROUGE, La. — A man who allegedly punched a truck driver in the face is facing up to two years in prison after being arrested for impersonating a police officer, among other charges.
Louisiana Radio Network (LRN) reports that Brad Schexnayder, 57, of Lafayette, Louisiana, was driving recklessly on Northeast Evangeline Thruway before he stopped in front of a tractor trailer and got out of his vehicle.
KPEL reports that Schexnayder was dressed in a uniform that resembles a police uniform.
“Mr. Schexnayder, he identified himself as a Lafayette Police officer and tried to give (the driver) commands to get out of the vehicle,” Senior Corporal Matthew Benoit of the Lafayette Police told LRN. “In the process of that, he wound up striking the victim in the face with a closed fist. And then, he actually got back into his vehicle and fled the scene.”
Schexnayder went to his job at a private security company after leaving the scene and got into uniform.
The encounter was captured on the truck driver’s camera, which enabled investigators to find out who he was and where he lived.
Officers tracked Schexnayder to his home, where he was taken into custody after a brief standoff. He was taken to Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on charges of impersonation of a police officer, simple battery and reckless operation of a vehicle.
If convicted, Schexnayder faces up to a $1000 fine and potentially two years in jail.
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