Columbus police arrested an Edinburgh man after he walked into the backyard of a Columbus home in the 2900 block of McKinley Avenue saying he was a police officer.
About 4:10 p.m. Friday, the Columbus Police Department sent officer Lucas Nibarger to the address after a woman who was in the backyard with her children called to say a man who wasn’t wearing a shirt was on her property claiming to be an officer, said Lt. Matt Harris, department spokesman.
The man, later identified as Gregory A. Simpson, 32, Edinburgh, told the woman he was a U.S. Marshal and did not have to leave her property, Harris said.
When police spoke with Simpson, he claimed he had been a U.S. marshal while in the military, Harris said.
Officers arrested Simpson on charges of impersonating a police officer and public intoxication and took him to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked before transporting him to the Bartholomew County Jail, Harris said.
Simpson was released from jail after posting $8,500 bond, jail officials said.