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Boxer Andrew Golota Arrested

February 6, 2002

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) _ Boxer Andrew Golota was charged with impersonating a police officer during a traffic stop and was freed on bail.

Golota, who gained notoriety for quitting in the second round of an October 2000 fight against Mike Tyson, was arrested Monday by Illinois State Police after allegedly showing an officer a badge and claiming he was a New Jersey police officer during a traffic stop.

Will County prosecutors said Golota, 34, received the honorary badge from the police department in Hudson County, N.J., for performing charity work.

An Illinois state trooper, who pulled Golota over for allegedly driving past a stop sign, checked with New Jersey police to determine if the badge was legitimate. Golota, who was driving a black Mercedes Benz, admitted he was not a police officer when the trooper came back to question him, according to authorities.

The boxer spent the night in the Will County jail and appeared before Associate Judge Kathleen Kallan on Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of attempted false personation of police, a Class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine on conviction.

The judge set his bail at $5,000 and scheduled a March 5 court date. Golota posted a $500 bond.

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