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Police impersonator sentenced

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Coatesville man was convicted Thursday of Class D felony impersonation of a public servant.

Thomas Peyton, 65, was sentenced in Putnam County Circuit Court to two years with 14 days executed, 14 consecutive weekends to serve and the remainder suspended.

He was also ordered to report to the Putnam County Probation Department to receive the terms and conditions of his probation and pay the costs and fees associated with the cause.

Peyton was arrested June 18 after two people reported they had been stopped near Heritage Lake by an officer who refused to identify himself.

Peyton had an initial hearing on June 20, at which time his bond was set at $10,000 with 10 percent allowed. A plea agreement was filed in the case on Aug. 29, and sentencing was originally set for Oct. 9, but was continued twice at the request of Peyton's attorney, Gary Dilk.

Peyton had been employed at one time as a special deputy in Marion County. He was also a deputy constable there, and had worked as a guard at the Marion County City-County Building. Peyton was relieved of his Wayne Township duties on March 16. Then on May 2, he was let go by Marion County.

On May 21 at 1:30 p.m., Peyton followed a Heritage Lake resident into her driveway and approached her. He flashed a badge and began yelling at her for speeding. When she asked for his name, he told her it was none of her business, threw her license and registration at her and took off.

A second incident occurred on May 26. A Roachdale woman was on C.R. 25 East turning onto U.S. 36 when she was pulled over by what she believed to be an off-duty police officer. Peyton approached the car and performed a typical traffic stop; however, the woman believed something to be amiss and asked for the officer's identification.

Following the traffic stop, the Roachdale resident drove into Bainbridge and saw Marshal Rodney Fenwick sitting in his police cruiser. She told him about the stop, at which time Fenwick went to investigate and hoped to find the vehicle.

A search warrant served on Peyton's residence just before his arrest turned up guns, identification badges that looked official, a portable radio, radar gun and red and blue lights in his car.

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What a weirdo!!!! Who would want to be a cop let along impersonate one.

-- Posted by dcsaiht on Mon, Nov 10, 2008, at 12:36 PM

Wow ! Good job - he would have gotten braver with his self imposed authority if there wasn't follow through with the report.

-- Posted by Scripted Spontaneity on Mon, Nov 10, 2008, at 8:53 PM

Good thing he didn't used to work at Chuckie Cheese.. mighta been going around dressed as a purple ape.....

-- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 5:45 AM

Does this mean that it's ok to impersonate a public servant if you sit in a government office and get a government check?

-- Posted by VonMises on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 10:16 AM

I know this man and his family personally and Im not sure what happened here but it is sad. He is not a bad man. Dont know if he was going thru some tough times and snapped but he is not the bad guy you are all making him out to be. Oh I forgot this is Putnam County they do that dont they? Not that any of you should slow down either?????????

-- Posted by skittlebug on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 11:44 AM

So does this mean that I still have to pay for the ticket he gave me?

-- Posted by Nick | Nack on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 1:33 PM

that is such b.s, serving only 14 days of a 2 year sentence. No wonder we have so much crime,

-- Posted by tbone46135 on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 6:00 PM

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-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 10:12 PM

I respect your freedom of speech! Your right you dont know what them lefts are up to!

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Thu, Nov 13, 2008, at 9:31 PM

Can't even read the article on Frisbie anymore! Why is he being protected?

-- Posted by charpo on Sun, Nov 16, 2008, at 7:31 PM

As a teenager I went out with a friend. My Mom told me to be home at a certain time as there was a man, like this one, that was impersonating a police officer and after pulling them over...he would rape them. My Mom was so thankful when I got home she was finally able to sleep. Until then she worried if I was ok because of someone thinking of harming someone.

Thank God that these women were not raped. I don't know this man nor do I want to. Anyone who would think of doing this is wrong, and needs to be caught. It is getting to the point anymore that you need a scanner in your vehicle just to make sure that the person who stopped you is indeed a police officer.

-- Posted by putnamcountybabe on Mon, Nov 17, 2008, at 10:23 AM

This guy used to work for me and I can tell you from first hand experience that this man is a violent nutcase. Supreme cop wanna be. His truck was equipped with red and blue strobe lamps, police radio, radar, hand cuffs and, of course, guns. This story doesn't surprise me at all. He used to hang out with IPD and sheriffs deputies every morning buying them breakfast totally oblivious to the fact that they all thought he was a joke and only tolerated his presence because he always paid for their meals! I always figured that he would eventually kill someone when he was in one of his many fits of rage. I can't count how many times I've watched him punch a brick wall hard enough to break his hand. This guy needs a mental health screening and to do some time, if nothing else for all the times he's done such things and didn't get caught!

-- Posted by mikewaltdowneast on Tue, Nov 18, 2008, at 11:37 AM

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