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Westport Man Charged With Impersonating A Police Officer

WESTPORT, Conn. – A 65-year-old Westport man accused of falsely identifying himself as a member of the New York Police Department during a traffic stop is facing felony impersonation charges, police said.

Donald Werner, of Ruta Court, was pulled over last Saturday morning for misuse of registration plates, police said. During the stop, Werner showed the officer an NYPD Auxiliary badge and identification card, and told the officer he was a member of the Auxiliary Marine Unit, the arrest report said.

The quality of the identification card caused the officer to contact members of NYPD, who determined it was not consistent with what the department issued, the report said.

It was later learned that Werner was terminated from the NYPD Auxiliary Police in 2010 and was not permitted to posses any items that identified him as an officer, the report said. He was also found to be in possession of an altered Florida driver’s license, police said.

Werner was charged with impersonation of a police officer and two counts of second-degree forgery, all felonies. He was released after posting a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on Oct. 8.

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