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Police: Man charged with impersonating Atlanta police officer
Joseph Healy Kienzle
Joseph Healy Kienzle

A Winder man is accused of impersonating an Atlanta police officer in May when pulled over in Oakwood, according to police.

Joseph Healy Kienzle, 48, was charged with impersonating a public officer and was booked Tuesday morning in to the Hall County Jail.

An Oakwood Police officer made a routine traffic stop after midnight May 13 on Mundy Mill Road and Continental Drive.

Kienzle allegedly identified himself as an Atlanta Police Department officer, Sgt. Danny Sridej said.
“They couldn’t verify his identification at the time,” Sridej said, because the man said he left his wallet and credential at home. He reportedly told police he was running a quick errand.

The officer “gave him a written warning and sent him on his way, thinking he was an officer,” Sridej said.

Officers later checked with police in Atlanta, who said he was not an officer.

Police sought a warrant for Kienzle’s arrest, but the address on file was not up to date, Sridej said.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office booked Kienzle in to the Hall County Jail, where he is being held on a $5,700 bond.

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