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Fairfield man charged with impersonating officer after road rage incident

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Posted at 9:54 AM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 10:43:55-05

FAIRFIELD, Ohio — A Fairfield man was arrested Wednesday on a warrant issued in June following an alleged road rage incident.

John T. Porterfield, 65, of Bent Tree Drive, is charged with telephone harassment, a first-degree misdemeanor, and impersonating a peace officer, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, for allegedly calling a West Chester Township business in March stating he was a West Chester police officer.

“John T. Porterfield called (a business on Le Saint Drive) and stated he was an undercover West Chester police officer. He advised the business that one of their employees engaged in a road rage situation with him,” according to the complaint filed in Butler County Area III Court by Detective Eric Couch.

“He wanted to warn the business that he would have all of the West Chester Police Department looking for the employee’s vehicle and would have the vehicle stopped by police.”

According to police, the evidence that led to the complaint is based on witness statements and phone records.

Porterfield was arraigned Thursday and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to be back in court Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing.

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