Former Police Officer Arrested for Road Rage on Frenchmen
Posted on Dec 9, 2011 in DUI/DWI, Local Issues, NOPD
A former Bossier City police officer was arrested on Frenchman in late November after a road-rage incident in which he allegedly pointed a gun at a cab driver’s face and claimed to still be a police officer while he was being taken into custody.
New Orleans police booked Jonathan Hobgood, 29, of Pearl River with impersonating a police officer, aggravated assault and illegal carrying of a weapon after the Nov. 27 incident, according to Criminal District Court records.
Police said Hobgood was driving his truck on Frenchmen Street at 1:15 a.m. when a taxi stopped to unload passengers near the corner of Chartres Street. Hobgood then pulled his car next to the cab and began to yell obscenities at the driver. Detective Gus James saw the incident happening and approached the vehicles. It was at this point, police said, that Hobgood tried to drive off but instead hit the cab’s fender.
After hitting the cab, police said, Hobgood got out of his truck, walked up to the cab driver and pointed a gun at his face. James managed to position himself next to Hobgood and was able to disarm him before any further damage was caused.
As police handcuffed Hobgood, he told them he also was a police officer. Detectives who looked up Hobgood’s record found he was a seven-year veteran of the Bossier City Police Department, but that he resigned in 2007 – however no records exist to explain why he resigned.
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