A former Boise State football player has avoided a felony conviction after pretending to be a police officer and pulling over a driver in Tigard, Ore.
Troy Matthew Bacon was sentenced to one year of probation Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty to felony criminal impersonation, but Judge Suzanne Upton agreed to treat it as a misdemeanor. She said a felony conviction would negatively affect Bacon’s schooling.
Bacon, an offensive lineman, left the Boise State football program in September and transferred to Portland State University in February.
Police say Bacon stopped a woman off Oregon 99W in March and identified himself as an off-duty officer to a Sherwood officer who stopped by to check out the situation.
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Bacon reportedly told the officer he pulled the woman over because she was speeding and driving recklessly.
Bacon apologized to the victim in court, saying he “made a really bad decision.”