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Schenectady man allegedly impersonated officer, pulled over motorist

Schenectady man allegedly impersonated officer, pulled over motorist

A city man was arrested this week in a case where he allegedly impersonated an officer and called po

A city man was arrested this week in a case where he allegedly impersonated an officer and called police himself, authorities said.

Jimmy Rice, 24, of Sixth Avenue, was arrested Tuesday on one count of first-degree criminal impersonation, a felony.

Rice is accused of impersonating a police officer at about 1:42 p.m. that day in Schenectady, driving up next to a woman and motioning for her to pull over, prosecutor Laurie Cummings said.

The exact location of the incident was unavailable Friday. Court paperwork listed the police station as the address.

Rice allegedly told the woman she had a violation with her mirror. She pulled over, but hesitantly, Cummings said.

Rice asked for her license information. She requested to see a badge or proof that he was a police officer, Cummings said. Rice wore no uniform and showed no badge.

He also indicated he was going to lock her up, according to papers filed in court.

“He then indicates that he’s going to call for backup,” Cummings said, “and actually calls police.”

Cummings was unsure if the woman also called.

He told police that he was an undercover officer and had someone pulled over, Cummings said. Police arrived, determined he was not a police officer and charged him, Cummings said.

She said there was no indication Rice knew the woman. She said there was also no indication he meant physical harm to her.

Rice was arraigned and ordered held on $1,500 bond. He posted the bond Thursday and was released. Rice is being represented by the public defender’s office.

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