PD: Man posing as cop tries to cuff bartender after porch beer debate

PD: Man posing as cop tries to cuff bartender after porch beer debate

ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - An Elyria man accused of impersonating a police officer is facing several charges.

Officers responded to reports of someone holding people at gunpoint at Boomers Bar this past Thursday.

Taj Talkington, 22, was eventually found on Depot Street near the Fifth Third Bank. Police said they found a toy gun and handcuffs near Talkington, and eventually confiscated a badge.

Police said the handcuffs were stolen from a vehicle on Chestnut Street in Elyria.

Talkington was charged with receiving stolen property, impersonating a police officer, aggravated menacing, obstructing official business, attempted unlawful restraint and a felony count of abduction.

The bar incident took place after Talkington, another patron and a bartender got into a discussion about whether he could take his beer outside to the back porch. According to police, he claimed he knew the law because he was a Cleveland police officer.

The bartender told him to leave once he began yelling, police said, at which point Talkington tried to handcuff her. Patrons told police he fled when he heard sirens.

Talkington maintained his innocence in court Friday, and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 20.

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