The owner of a local taxi service in Stephenville is facing more legal trouble after a woman accused him of chasing her down with his vehicle and blocking her in after falsely believing that she was following him.
Stephenville police arrested Taezer Thompson, 24, after the woman filed a police report on Sept. 29.
Assistant Police Chief Jason Halsey said the woman told police that she was driving down Frey Street shortly before 2 a.m. when a white Taxiville vehicle pulled out in front of her from McCart Street. She said a white Chevrolet Tahoe with lights flashing on top then pulled up behind her, blocking her in.
She said a man in the taxi, later identified as Thompson, got out of the vehicle and asked, “Do you enjoy following people?”
“That’s when she realized they weren’t police officers. She hopped the curb and drove to the police station,” Halsey said. “The men followed her (to the station), then drove away. Thompson later admitted to us that he was the one who confronted her.”
Halsey said the 43-year-old woman was “terrified” and had no idea who Thompson was.
Thompson was arrested and charged with unlawful restraint, a class A misdemeanor.
He was released from the Erath County Jail after posting a $1,000 bond.
Halsey said city officials are reviewing the city ordinance pertaining to taxis to determine what necessary steps will be taken next.
NOT HIS FIRST ARREST
In 2017 Thompson was arrested in Brown County for claiming to be a peace officer.
In that incident, it was alleged that Thompson was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with an emergency siren, in-car dash camera and off-road light bar across the top when he began following a man he claimed was driving erratically.
Thompson followed the man from Dublin to the Blanket area, and pulled up behind him when the man stopped.
A report from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office stated that Thompson activated the light on his Tahoe, pulled out a gun and identified himself as a police officer.
The man later told a deputy that he complied with Thompson’s demands because he was afraid he was going to be shot.
Thompson was initially charged with impersonating a public servant and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
In April 2017, he pleaded no contest to impersonating a peace officer and was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication, a $1,500 fine and 160 hours of community service.
The state dismissed the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as part of the plea agreement.