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Bean Station police chief's son charged with impersonating officer

Jeff Bobo • Dec 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The son of the Bean Station police chief has been charged with impersonating a police officer for allegedly stopping a vehicle in Rogersville, detaining the driver and searching the driver’s vehicle — all while displaying a Bean Station Police Department badge.

Nathaniel Ryan Robinette, 21, 664 Heck Hollow Road, Rogersville, also allegedly had a fully automatic M-16 and SWAT gear in his vehicle at the time of the traffic stop Friday night. All the equipment belongs to his father’s department.

Bean Station Police Department Chief Phillip Robinette, a former Rogersville detective, tendered his resignation Saturday in the wake of his son’s arrest.

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