Man allegedly impersonates police officer from disbanded department

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A Decatur man was charged for impersonating a public servant in Wichita County and soliciting donations to an alleged charity fund for law enforcement.

Byron Thomas Colston, 46, is charged in Wichita County with a felony of impersonating a public servant and in Wise County with a misdemeanor of using a false identity as a police officer.

Colston posted bail of more than $100,000 in Wise County.

Colston had been under investigation for several months and a Texas Ranger signed an arrest affidavit last month.

Colston reportedly founded the group Cops 4 Cops to benefit families of officers killed in the line of duty. A Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper in Wise County stopped Colston’s car in April and said it had light bars and a siren, and Colston tipped his wallet so that a badge could be seen by the trooper. He also had a sidearm and law enforcement style belt.

Colston was given a citation for no front license plate.

When Denton County investigators heard Colston said he was with the Ladonia Police Department they put out an alert to all law agencies in the area because the Ladonia Police Department was disbanded several years ago. This led the Texas Ranger to an in-car video of a traffic stop by a DPS Trooper on U.S. Highway 287 in Wichita County in which Colston allegedly gave a similar story.

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