TSA Agent Flashed Badge at Slow Driver: Cops

He said he just wanted her to drive faster.

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011  |  Updated 12:51 PM EDT
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A TSA agent is accused of flashing his badge at a woman because she was driving too slowly.

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An off-duty T.S.A. agent accused of flashing his badge to get another driver to speed up in South Windsor is accused of harassing and intimidating another driver.

A woman called 911 around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and reported that a man was following her car very closely and flashing a badge at her, police said.

She stayed on the phone with police until they stopped Donald Eichler, 63, of South Windsor, police said.

He told police he was upset that the woman was driving slightly below the speed limit on Sullivan Avenue, honked his horn a few times and showed her his TSA badge to try to get her to speed up, according to a release from police.

She was driving 30 miles in a 40 mile per hour zone, Eichler said, and he was just trying to get her to speed up.

TSA Agents do not have local police powers, South Windsor police said.

The woman told police she was scared and felt intimidated by his actions.

Eichler was charged with driving a vehicle to harass or intimidate.

He told his employer about the charge and officials with Bradley Airport will take any appropriate action, if necessary, a spokesman for the TSA said.

He is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Aug. 8.

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