Two Mississippi men were arrested Tuesday night by Kentucky State Police after they tried to convince police they also were in law enforcement, according to an arrest citation.

Terry Franklin, 43, of Brooksville, Mississippi, was stopped at 7:01 p.m. driving a 2019 Mercedes Benz around the northbound 91-mile marker of Interstate 65. When the trooper approached the vehicle, he displayed a “Chief Investigator” police badge from Noxubee County, Mississippi. The badge belonged to his brother, Eddie Franklin, 50, of Macon, Mississippi, a former law-enforcement officer and front-seat passenger in the vehicle.

Terry Franklin said his brother told him to show the badge and ask for “professional courtesy.”

KSP contacted the Noxubee Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Tommy Roby told authorities Eddie Franklin had been in law enforcement prior to him taking office Jan. 6, 2020. Roby said when Eddie Franklin turned in his equipment he didn’t turn in a badge that belongs to the sheriff’s department.

Both are charged with impersonating a peace officer — a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted. Terry Franklin also was charged with speeding, 20 mph over the speed limit.

Both men were released Wednesday morning from the Hardin County Detention Center. No court date had been scheduled as of Wednesday afternoon.

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