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Former LAUSD superintendent charged with illegal use of school police badge

September 11, 2009 |  6:42 pm

A former Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent has been charged with illegally using a law enforcement badge to try to force another driver to pull over.

Ruben Zacarias, 80, of Alhambra displayed a Los Angeles School Police Department badge to a woman driving on the 57 Freeway in Pomona on July 23, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. The former superintendent also told the woman that he was a "cop," according to authorities.

Zacarias was charged with the a misdemeanor on Aug. 27 and is free on his own recognizance, prosecutors said. He is due back in court Sept. 29 for a pretrial hearing.

Zacarias, who was superintendent for two and a half years before being bought out of his contract by the school board in late 1999, could not be reached for comment.

His attorney, Steve Meister, called the case a misunderstanding. "I’m sure we can clear this up quickly," the attorney said.

-- Jason Song