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Sheriff's badge found during traffic stop

A Salt Lake County Sheriff's badge stolen three months ago was found during a traffic stop last weekend.

About 12:30 a.m. Sunday, a Salt Lake police officer stopped a car at 688 E. 700 South. As the officer performed a records check, the driver and passenger ran from the car, Salt Lake Police Lt. Dana Orgill said.

The officer pursued the driver, who allegedly dropped a handgun. When the officer caught up to the driver, he found the badge, Orgill said.

The 31-year-old man was booked into Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of impersonating a police officer, driving on a suspended license and other alleged violations. The badge was booked into evidence, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Shane Hudson said. Later that day, bail was posted and the man was released.

Last June, a sheriff's corrections officer exited his personal vehicle for a minute and ran inside a pizza shop. When he returned to his car, his uniform and badge were gone, Hudson said. There were no leads in the case until last weekend, Hudson said.

"The officer has been issued a new badge and we'll go ahead and put that (old badge) back into circulation," Hudson said.