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Police: Fake cop leads funeral procession

MABLETON, Ga. -- A Mableton man was arrested for pretending to be a police officer.

Danny Ponder was arrested when police say they caught him directing traffic for a funeral procession.

There were a number of things that caught the attention of a Cobb County Police officer that told him that 48-year-old Ponder was not a real police officer. Now police are wondering how long he's been impersonating one.

It was a funeral procession leaving Word of Faith Family Worship Center on Saturday that got the officer's attention. Leading the procession stopping and directing traffic was Ponder He looked like a cop and was driving a motorcycle with red and white flashing lights.

One problem: police use blue flashing lights.

The officer followed the procession, not wanting to be intrusive and finally caught up with Ponder at the very busy intersection of Thornton Road and Fulton Industrial Parkway. He was in the middle of the intersection directing traffic for the procession.

Ponder was charged with felony impersonating an officer. He wore a blue uniform with patches that said "Police" and had a gold badge that said "Special Services Police, State of Georgia". He was carrying a Glock 23 pistols, two spare magazine of ammo, a radio that didn't even work and a pair of handcuffs.

Ponder was a police officer for about seven months in DeKalb County in 1988. His police officer certification was revoked in 1989.

He was jailed on Saturday and is now out on a $5,700 bond.