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Sunday, November 13, 2005
  Ex-N.O. cop is arrested in truck said stolen
Ex-N.O. cop is arrested in truck said stolen: "A former New Orleans police officer who authorities say left his post during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath was booked with unauthorized use of a truck after Houston police stopped the man for speeding Saturday.

After being pulled over on a busy Houston freeway, Willie Earl Bickham, 36, showed identification and told police he was a member of the New Orleans Police Department.

Houston police noticed the black 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck, which was marked with the Sewell dealership's name, did not have license plates. Police were also suspicious of the registration information provided by Bickham. When police consulted computerized records, they learned the truck was listed stolen after Katrina.

Houston Police Department spokesman Sgt. Nate McDuell said Bickham was cooperative, but said he was a New Orleans police officer. McDuell said police learned from New Orleans police that Bickham resigned in the first week after the storm to avoid being fired for abandoning his post.

McDuell said Bickham was booked with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and with impersonating a police officer.

He said Bickham had a gun and a police identification document that may have been issued by New Orleans police. Bickham was not booked in connection with the gun and police identification pending action by New Orleans police."
 
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