A Ruta Court man faces a charge of falsely impersonating a police officer after he was stopped last weekend for misuse of motor vehicle registration plates, police said.
Donald Werner, 65, was charged Saturday with misuse of plates, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with an out-of-state license beyond 30 days.
During the stop, police said Werner showed the officer an New York City Police Department auxiliary badge and identification card, and told the officer he was a member of the auxiliary marine unit, according to the report. Due to the quality of the identification, the officer questioned its validity and contacted the NYPD, who determined it was "not consistent with what the department issued," police said.
Further investigation found that Werner had been terminated by the NYPD auxiliary police in 2010 and was not to possess any items that would identify him as an officer, police said. He was also found to be in possession of an altered Florida operator's license, police said.
Werner was additionally charged with impersonation of a police officer and two counts of second-degree forgery.
Bond was set at $2,500 and Werner is scheduled to appear Oct. 8 in Norwalk Superior Court.