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Man charged with impersonating an officer

MORIAH - A Mineville man has been charged with impersonating a police officer.

Moriah Police and Essex County Sheriff's Department had pulled over a vehicle in a routine traffic stop in Moriah March 22, when, police said, Joshua Hayes walked up to the officer.

Hayes, 28, who knows the woman who was behind the wheel, allegedly said he was a police officer from Texas and asked that she be given some consideration.

Police said that when they asked Hayes for identification as a police officer, he could not provide any. A check with Texas authorities showed he was not currently nor ever had been employed as a law-enforcement officer in the state.

Hayes was charged with misdemeanor second-degree criminal impersonation/pretending to be a public servant. He was arraigned in Moriah Town Court and sent to the Essex County Jail when he could not pay bail of $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond.

He has a return date in Town Court for April 5.

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