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Police: Man impersonated officer, threw chemicals on driver

October 13, 2020 GMT

GRADYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man accused of impersonating a police officer to pull a woman over and throw chemicals in her face has been arrested, according to Kentucky State Police.

George Barton, 47, was taken into custody early Sunday following a standoff including hours of negotiation and the use of chemical munitions, the state agency said in a news release Monday.

Investigators said Barton used blue emergency lights to pull a driver over outside of Columbia late on a September night. The driver complied, but did not think she had committed any traffic violations, officials said.

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She told investigators the car did not have law enforcement decals on it.

Barton was accused of then approaching her window and throwing what was suspected to be ammonia in her face. The woman fought back and escaped as Barton tried to pull her out of her vehicle, police said. Barton drove off.

The woman suffered a head injury during the encounter, according to authorities.

Police said that when troopers arrived to serve the arrest warrant Sunday, Barton barricaded himself in his home.

He was eventually jailed on charges of assault, impersonating a peace officer, improper use of blue lights, wanton endangerment, unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening and resisting arrest.

It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment for him.