Off-duty TSA agent accused of flashing badge at slow driver

BOSTON Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:37pm EDT

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BOSTON (Reuters) - An off-duty Transportation Security Administration agent faces a misdemeanor harassment charge after allegedly tailing, flashing his badge and blowing his car horn at a woman who was driving too slowly for him, police said on Wednesday.

Police in South Windsor, Connecticut, said Donald Eichler, 63, was upset that the motorist ahead of him was traveling 5 to 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit of 40 mph on a busy Connecticut road early on Tuesday.

Eichler told police he flashed his TSA badge and honked his car horn in an attempt to get the woman to speed up, they said.

The woman told police she was frightened and intimidated by Eichler's behavior. She dialed 911 and remained on the line with the emergency operator until police arrived, they said.

TSA agents have no local law-enforcement powers, said South Windsor police spokesman Sergeant Scott Custer.

Eichler was charged with a misdemeanor offense of driving a vehicle to harass or intimidate. He was released and ordered to appear in court on August 8.

Custer said if convicted, the TSA agent could face jail time, a fine or probation.

(Reporting by Lauren Keiper, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Steve Gorman)

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