A Colonie man posed as a state trooper at a traffic stop on Sunday, state police said.
The man, police said, wasn’t the target of the traffic stop, but was just passing by. He stopped and identified himself to real troopers as a trooper himself.
He also offered assistance, police said.
Suspicious, the real troopers began asking questions. After the driver, identified as 20-year-old Anthony Chandler of Colonie, kept it up, the real troopers placed him under arrest.
The incident happened Sunday as the real troopers conducted a traffic stop on Washington Avenue in Albany.
That’s when Chandler pulled his own vehicle over and approached the troopers, police said.
He identified himself as a state trooper out of Latham, police said.
Chandler wore a polo shirt with the state police logo, but had noting else identifying himself as a trooper.
The troopers also didn’t know him and began asking him basic questions about his station assignment and other details.
Chandler allegedly kept up the story, saying he’d been a trooper for about a year.
But his answers to the troopers’ basic questions were incorrect. He then allegedly admitted he lied and wasn’t a trooper.
Chandler was then placed under arrest. Chandler faces one count of criminal impersonation of a public servant, a misdemeanor.
He was issued an appearance ticket and released to return to court later.