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Williamson deputy cites woman afraid of police impersonators

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A Williamson County sheriff's deputy is in trouble with his own department for the way he spoke to a woman during a recent traffic stop in which she didn't immediately pull over.

The driver, Johnna Miller, said she was afraid the person driving behind her might be a fake cop after seeing reports of police impersonators in other communities.

Deputy David Borden's dashboard camera recorded the early-morning interaction:

"What's going on?" Borden asked Miller.

"Well, you freaked me out, first of all," she responded.

"I wasn't freaking you out. I had lights and sirens in a freaking marked car. Are you kidding me?" Borden said.

Moments before the woman pulled to the side of the road in her Mercedes, she placed a call to 911 dispatchers to find out if the officer was in fact legitimate.

"There's an officer behind me, can you please tell him I'm not avoiding him," Miller said.

"Okay, ma'am, we have Williamson County on the line, and go ahead and pull over where it's safe," the dispatcher said.

The woman then explained to the officer she wanted to get to a safer place, because it was before 5 a.m. and she had seen reports about police impersonators.

"With all the emails that go around that say it might not be a real police car, and I knew I wasn't speeding," Miller said to Borden.

"Oh, come on. Don't give me that crap," Borden responded. "It's a $30,000 marked, fully-equipped police car."

The deputy then administered a field sobriety test on the woman to make sure she wasn't impaired.

"Normally that's an indication a person may be impaired or there could be criminal activity going on," said Williamson County Sheriff's Capt. Roddy Parker.

The next day, Miller reported Borden to the sheriff's department. Borden was written up, and the department said there was a clear communication gap even though the driver and deputy both believed they were doing the right thing.

"We apologize for it. That's not how we conduct business down here," Parker said.

Miller was pulled over for swerving in the road while on the way to the gym. She was ultimately issued a citation for not changing her Arizona license to a Tennessee license.

This was Borden's first write-up in four years working for Williamson County.

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