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Man accused of impersonating police officer during road rage

October 11, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A South Shore man was arrested Thursday after police officers identified him as the man who threatened an off-duty police officer while stopped at a traffic light on Elston Avenue, county prosecutors said.

Nathaniel Henry, 43, of the 2000 block of East 72nd Street was charged with simple assault and impersonation of a police officer.

"I am the police, and I will make some [bleep] up and write you tickets," Henry allegedly shouted while stopped at a traffic light in the 2400 block of North Elston Avenue on Sept. 9. Henry was talking on his cell phone while stopped at a red light, prosecutors said, and was too distracted to move after the light turned green.

"It was green," shouted the man in the car behind him, who happened to be an off-duty police officer, according to prosecutors. His shout prompted Henry to shout back at him that he was a police officer, according to court records.

"I'll end your life before  the summer ends," Henry also shouted at the man, according to the police report.

Henry was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Friday afternoon and ordered held on $50,000 bond. Before his bond was set his public defender said, "Judge, for the record, summer is over."

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