A Youngsville man who works as a security guard was arrested for impersonating a police officer and punching a truck driver during an altercation Tuesday on Northeast Evangeline Thruway, the Lafayette Police Department said.
Brad Schexnayder, 57, of Youngsville, was arrested on Thursday for impersonating a police officer, simple battery and reckless driving of a vehicle stemming from an altercation Tuesday in the 1500 block of Northeast Evangeline Thruway, spokesperson of the Sr. Cpl. Matthew Benoit said in a statement.
Investigators say Schexnayder was driving his vehicle recklessly when he stopped abruptly in front of an 18-wheeler near Lafayette Regional Airport. Schexnayder, who works for a local private security company, got out of his vehicle in what looked like a police uniform and ordered the victim out of his 18-wheeler, Benoit said.
Schexnayder and the man got into a verbal altercation, during which Schexnayder called himself a “Lafayette policeman” and then punched the victim in the face. He then returned to his vehicle and fled. Schexnayder is not a police officer, the statement said.
The 57-year-old was arrested at his Youngsville home by officers from the Lafayette Police Department and members of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT team after a brief standoff that was resolved without incident on Thursday. He was then booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, Benoit said.