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Madison Police: Drunken man arrested for impersonating an officer

Michael Moran

Michael Moran

Posted Monday, August 26, 2013 --- 12:46 p.m.

Madison Police arrested an allegedly drunken man Thursday for impersonating a police officer and possessing a switchblade.

Police say 25-year-old Michael Moran stopped a bicyclist that day in the 300 block of W. Wilson St. last week.

The bicyclist said he was legally biking on a neighborhood sidewalk, when Moran told him he was acting as a law enforcement officer and demanded a $200 fine be paid to him immediately.

Moran allegedly told the biker he had broken a city ordinance by biking on the sidewalk. Police say it is a violation to do so in a business district, but not in a residential area. The cyclist knew that he was in the right.

The biker called police. Moran was found asleep in some bushes near the crime scene.

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