MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former Parkin, Arkansas officer was arrested after Memphis police say he tried to gain their favor by presenting himself as a active law enforcement officer to get out of a traffic citation.
Odelle Snow, 27, is facing charges for speeding on the interstate, reckless driving and impersonating an officer.
According to the police report, two officers were driving down Interstate 40 on Tuesday when they spotted a white Dodge Charger speeding. The driver swerved from one lane to another without a turn signal, forcing others to change lanes abruptly to avoid getting hit.
At the time, officers said he was traveling more than 80 mph before coming to a stop at the Jackson Avenue exit.
The driver, Snow, handed officers his wallet which contained both his ID and an ID from the Parkin Police Department identifying him as a part-time officer.
When questioned about his employment, Snow confirmed he was with the Arkansas department and had been employed there since May 2018.
Officers said they called the Parkin Police Department to confirm the information and that's when they discovered he had not been employed by the agency since late 2018. They said he wasn't supposed to have any equipment or IDs identifying himself as an officer, and asked Memphis police to confiscate the items.
Authorities said they recovered two weapons, magazines, an ASP baton, a duty belt, a bulletproof vest, two police hats, the ID and a citation book from Snow's car.
Snow later admitted that he is not post certified and does not have a handgun carry permit. He said he took leave from the department in December and has not been back.
But Snow's mother says she's angry at the way police handled the situation, and she says this isn't the first time.
Erma Parker says to her knowledge, her son is an officer — he's just been on a leave of absence.
"That can't be true. That just can't be true," Parker said.
Some years ago, Parker said, an uncover cop pulled her son over. They both got out of their cars and pulled guns on one another, she said.
"And he dialed 911 for backup and so, when he got to court the next day, the judge asked, 'Why y'all got that man here for? He's one of us.'"
WREG was not able to find information in the court system about the previous incident.
Parker believes this is an ongoing situation. She says her son respects officers and believes this is some sort of misunderstanding.
"He told me when he was standing there they was just harassing him, talking about they didn't care where he was from and, you know, just talking a lot of noise to him," Parker said.
The chief of the Parkin Police Department has not responded to a request for information.
Snow currently works as a security guard.