Former police chief's son faces charges for impersonating an officer

8:14 PM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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A former police chief's son is facing formal charges after he dressed up as a police officer and put someone in handcuffs.

Last December, Hawkins County deputies arrested 21-year-old Nathaniel Robinette.

They say he falsely identified himself as an officer, flashed a badge to another driver, and put that person in handcuffs. When deputies arrested him, they found an M-16 rifle and SWAT gear in his car.

Now a grand jury has indicted him for criminal impersonation and false imprisonment.

Robinette's father, Phillip Robinette, was the chief of the Bean Station Police Department at the time. He resigned the day after deputies arrested his son.

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