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Former Boise State lineman Troy Bacon arrested for allegedly impersonating police officer

Bacon’s mugshot, taken at Washington County (Ore.) Jail.
Bacon’s mugshot, taken at Washington County (Ore.) Jail.

Soon after he left the Boise State football team in September, offensive lineman Troy Bacon tweeted that he had been accepted into a police academy in California.

But plans changed for Bacon, who redshirted the 2014 season and was the backup left tackle last season before leaving the team just before Sept. 25’s game at Virginia. He sold his Fiesta Bowl ring in December, but signed with Portland State in February as a transfer.

On Tuesday, the Sherwood (Ore.) Gazette reported Bacon was arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer. According to police, last month, he allegedly pulled a woman over along a highway in Tigard, Ore., and told police he was an off-duty officer from California. Bacon said he pulled the woman over for speeding and reckless driving, according to the report. The car he was driving was a rental with no emergency equipment or lights. Bacon showed a badge, which said “junior probation officer” and he said he worked part-time for the Riverside (Calif.) County Sheriff’s Office.

Per the Sherwood Gazette report, impersonating a police officer is a misdemeanor with a punishment of 30 days in jail or a $1,250 fine. Bacon was booked at the Washington County Jail on Tuesday morning, and bail was set at $10,000. According to his bio on the Portland State website, it says Bacon “would like a career in law enforcement.”

Bacon, who reportedly practiced with Portland State on Tuesday, tweeted this soon after the story broke: