Dacula man accused of posing as officer to gain revenge

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

Gwinnett County police said a dispute over a prescription at a Buford clinic led to a bizarre plot for revenge.

DACULA, Ga. - Gwinnett County police said a dispute over a prescription at a Buford clinic led to a bizarre plot for revenge.

Police said David Lewallen, 41, of Dacula, posed as a police officer to smear a woman's reputation.

"He put together (a) flier with her picture on there," Cpl. Ed Ritter with the Gwinnett County Police Department told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh.

Investigators said in mid-September, Lewallen posted a flier around the office complex on Buford Highway implying the woman was wanted by law enforcement.

Police said the man found an actual mug shot from a 2006 arrest and listed the woman's drug-related charges.

Since she is the alleged victim in this case, Channel 2 Action News is not revealing her identity.

"Two of the people that I work with definitely saw them and they did walk up and see that it was personal information," said Lisa Davidson, who works in the same office complex.

Davidson said she saw the man handing out the fliers. But, police said it's who Lewallen claimed to be while doing so that landed him in jail.

"He had on a baseball cap that said police on it," Ritter said.

According to the police report, Lewallen claimed he was assisting the Drug Enforcement Agency with an investigation into prescription drug offenses at the clinic.

"A civilian asked if he had a badge and he claimed that he had a badge but refused to show her," Ritter said.

The witnesses then contacted police.

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Police said when they searched Lewallen's home, they seized several computers, firearms and police-related clothing.

"It's crazy behavior to me. I don't know who would do that," Davidson said.

Police said Lewallen turned himself in at the Gwinnett County Jail over the weekend.

Kavanaugh spoke to Lewallen after he bonded out of jail Monday night.

He told her he was not trying to impersonate an officer and was there trying to warn people about a woman who works at the clinic.

He said he does not know who posted the flyers.


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