Seaford Man Charged With Impersonating A Police Officer
CAMDEN, Del. - A 40-year-old Seaford man, who is accused of impersonating a police officer, was arrested following a traffic stop in Camden.
On July 25, a Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) Agent conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Route 13 and Lockmeath Way in Camden after observing a vehicle suddenly pull onto the shoulder and proceed through a red light.
During the stop, a citizen advised the Agent that the vehicle had been driving erratically, running vehicles off the road, and using flashing emergency lights on the dash and a siren.
Franckel Desir, the driver, identified himself as a police officer and produced a New York City Police (NYPD) Auxiliary Officer badge and ID. He also produced an expired Delaware driver's license.
Further investigation revealed that Desir's Delaware registered vehicle was equipped with mounted flashing lights on the dash and a siren. The NYPD confirmed that Desir was a member of the NYPD Auxiliary. However, Desir is not authorized to identify himself as a police officer out of state or have flashing lights and a siren on his vehicle.
In addition, NYPD was unaware Desir had left New York and established Delaware residency. Desir has also recently joined the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department but was not authorized to have emergency equipment on his vehicle.
Desir was charged with criminal impersonation of a police officer, use of unauthorized flashing lights on vehicle, disregard a red light, no valid driver's license and no insurance.
The Agent seized the emergency lights, siren, and the NYPD credentials.
Desir was incarcerated in Sussex County Correctional Institute on $754 secured bail.
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