Police arrest Jasper man for possession of police badge

From Local Sources

LOOGOOTEE — A Jasper man was arrested on a number of charges Sunday after police say he was found to be in possession of a police badge.


Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents conducted a traffic stop Sunday on George A. Buechlein, 57, near U.S. 231 and Riley Street in Loogootee for an alleged equipment violation.

During the course of the investigation, police said Lents discovered that Buechlein’s driver’s license status was listed by the BMV as “suspended, infraction,” which resulted in his vehicle being towed.

By this time, police say Martin County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Keith Keller and Loogootee Police Department Officer Kevin McBeth had responded to assist on the scene.

As the investigation continued, police say Buechlein was allegedly found to be in possession of a Princeton Police Department retired police officer badge.

Princeton Police Chief Derek McGraw confirmed Buechlein has never been employed by the Princeton Police Department and is not a retired police officer.

The state police said Jasper District Commander Lt. Jason Allen’s investigative staff has not been made aware of any recent incidents of persons impersonating police officers. Lt. Allen stated he was confident this is an isolated event.

Trooper Lents also became suspicious that Buechlein was intoxicated. Police report that Buechlein subsequently failed field sobriety tests that were administered by Lents.

Buechlein was arrested and lodged at the Martin County Jail in Shoals. On Monday he was charged in Martin Circuit Court with a Level 6 felony count of counterfeiting and misdemeanor counts of false government identification, unlawful use of a police radio, operating while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a Schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

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