Danny Ponder was arrested off Riverside Parkway, between Cobb Parkway and Fairground Street, when Cobb Police say he unlawfully directed traffic for a funeral procession.
According to the warrant, Ponder was dressed “in a navy blue police style uniform … complete with shoulder patches that said ‘POLICE’ in large letters.”
Police say he also wore a badge stating “Special Services Police, State of Georgia” and had a black leather belt holding a 40-caliber Glock 23 handgun, two spare 10-round magazines, metal handcuffs in a pouch and a non-working radio.
The warrant also states Ponder operated a 2005 Honda motorcycle outfitted with red and white flashing lights and working siren.
Ponder, who was employed by the DeKalb County Police Department from September 1988 to April 1989, was released on a $5,000 bond the next day.