Police: Drunken man impersonates officer and demands fine from cyclist

Rick Lindfors

Police: Drunken man impersonates officer and demands fine from cyclist

CREATED Aug. 26, 2013

MADISON, Wis. - Madison police arrested a drunken man after he allegedly demanded money from a bicyclist. The man was impersonating a police officer and had a switchblade.

WMTV reports that Michael Moran stopped a cyclist for riding on a neighborhood sidewalk. Moran claimed to be a police officer and that the biker was violating a city ordinance. He demanded the biker pay a $200 fine immediately. The biker knew he was riding within his rights.

It is illegal to bike on a sidewalk in a business district, but not in a residential area.

The victim called the police. Officers discovered Moran asleep in some bushes near the crime scene. He was arrested for impersonating an officer and possessing a switchblade.

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