A 40-year-old Seaford man was arrested July 25 for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
According to the Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, an agent conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 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 reportedly advised the agent the vehicle had been driving erratically, running vehicles off the road and using flashing emergency lights on the dash, as well as a siren.
The agent said Franckel Desir, the driver, identified himself as a police officer and produced a New York City Police Auxiliary Officer badge and ID, as well as an expired Delaware driver’s license. The agent said Desir’s vehicle, registered in Delaware, was equipped with mounted flashing lights and a siren.
The agent said the NYPD confirmed Desir was a member of their department’s 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, the 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, disregarding a red light, no valid driver’s license and no insurance. Desir was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $754 secured bail.