LIVE OAK, Texas -- Charlie Garza, who represented Fiesta royalty in 2009 as El Rey Feo, has been charged with impersonating a police officer, Live Oak Police Chief Ron Echols said Tuesday.
The charges stem from a traffic altercation with a woman Friday.
The woman, who didn't want to be identified, said that she flashed her lights at a Cadillac Escalade that was traveling slow in the fast lane on Loop 1604. When the driver refused to move to the slower lane, the woman said that she passed the SUV in the other lane and flipped the driver the finger.
"I probably shouldn't have done it, but it's not against the law," the woman said in an interview with KSAT 12 News.
The woman said the driver then pulled up alongside her, showed a badge and motioned for her to pull over.
Echols said that Garza showed the woman an honorary Bexar County deputy constable certificate, which "holds no authority and it is explained to the people they have no police powers," said W.R. Tomlin, an assistant chief with the constable's office.
For those readers unfamiliar with the program, El Rey Feo means "The Ugly King" in Spanish. The Rey Feo Scholarship program is a non-profit that raises money for kids going to college, and the fundraiser that gathers the most dough gets to be crowned El Rey Feo, which is a position of royalty at San Antonio's annual Fiesta celebrations.
El Rey Feo is an honorary kingship. It, also, is not real.