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West Sacramento man faces charges for posing as a cop

10:12 AM, Nov 18, 2010   |    comments
Frank Don Crandall
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UPDATE: In December 2011 Frank Don Crandall pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanor possession of a counterfeit state seal. He was sentenced to three years' probation.

State law allows some low-level offenders who have served probation to later ask a judge to withdraw their plea and have their case dismissed. In April 2012 Crandall withdrew his plea of no contest and a judge dismissed the case against him.

SACRAMENTO, CA - A West Sacramento man will be arraigned Thursday morning in a Sacramento courtroom on a charge of impersonating a peace officer.

Deputies began investigating Frank Don Crandall, 56, in September after a crash at Sacramento International Airport. Investigators say Crandall hit an airport employee with his vehicle and then took off, according to a sheriff's department news release.

When officers tracked Crandall down, he presented identification that claimed he was a full-time peace officer with LEPSA, the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Authority, supposedly a private California public safety agency, said spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran.

Officers cited Crandall on a charge of reckless driving causing injury and then tried to verify his law enforcement credentials. After a lengthy investigation, "deputies determined Crandall lacked proper training and certification and had no authority to act as or identify himself as a peace officer," Curran said.

Crandall was arrested on Nov. 10 on additional charges, including a misdemeanor count of impersonating peace officer and a felony charge of forging a state seal.

His arraignment is at 10:30 a.m.


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