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Louisville man with photocopied police badge arrested, police say

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Ryan MacDonald (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Ryan MacDonald (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a Louisville man claimed to be a police officer, but a photocopied badge just won't cut it.

According to an arrest report, police were called to the corner of 1st St. and Main St. after a woman reported that a man approached her falsely claiming to be a police officer and demanding a ride.

He allegedly had a photocopied badge, according to the arrest report.

The woman claimed the man told her she had to give him a ride because he was a police officer. Instead, she refused, telling the man the badge looked fake and she didn't believe he was an officer. That's when the man allegedly became "incredibly aggressive" with the woman, shouting obscenities at her.

Police say she ran away and called 911.

Officers say they eventually caught up with the man, whom they identified as 27-year-old Ryan J. MacDonald. MacDonald allegedly admitted to flashing a badge, telling officers that he had done so because he needed a ride, and that it was "no big deal."

MacDonald was arrested and charged with impersonating a peace officer.

Police say they put the "badge" in the property room.

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