FERNLEY, NV (Mynews4.com & KRNV) - "We had an out of town game. I was trying to catch the bus." Randi Riede was on her way to school, a route she takes daily. "There was a silver sports car in front of me. I went a tad bit early crossed the yellow line," says Randi. That's when she says the driver of the sports car got out. According to Randi, "He started freaking out. He gets out this badge and says, I'm a cop I'm a cop pull over." Randi says after pulling over the man got out of his car and asked for her driver’s license. "He takes it and says, 'You're under arrest follow me to the station'."
"I just thought he was an officer off duty. But he put away the badge before he got to my car."
The man driving the sports car was not a police officer, but Municipal Court Judge Daniel Bauer.
According to the Lyon County District Attorney, by using his badge to pull Randi over, Bauer was exercising the powers of the Nevada Highway Patrol. Now he is being charged with a misdemeanor, wrongful exercise of official power. By allegedly stating that Randi was under arrest, and having her follow him, Bauer has been charged with oppression under color of office, also a misdemeanor.
Attempts to speak with Judge Bauer have gone unanswered. A court date is set for February 29th, in Fernley.