Former LAUSD superintendent charged with illegal use of school police badge
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