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Alleged police impersonator arrested

FULTON - State Police in Fulton were contacted on March 31 by the Town of Volney Fire Chief regarding a suspicious vehicle. 

The white Ford Crown Victoria was equipped with red, white and blue emergency lighting equipment on both the front and the rear of the vehicle.   It was observed in February of this year by Town of Volney Fire personnel, as it was appearing to respond to a scene involving wires down in the roadway.  This vehicle was also observed to have several fixed and hand held police radios mounted in the vehicle, and the male operator was dressed in First Responder clothing, which included a Hi-Visibility jacket bearing "Emergency Services" on the back. 

The Volney Fire Chief located this vehicle and it's operator the same day and questioned him regarding the February incident.  During this encounter, this subject displayed a gold, law enforcement style badge with a NYS seal.  He further told the Fire Chief that his organization was funded by the New York State Police, which gave him the authority to use emergency lighting on his vehicle. 

An investigation resulted in the arrest of Christopher Hughes, 40, from Mexico, NY.  He was charged with one count of criminal impersonation in the 2nd degree, a class "a" misdemeanor, and with vehicle and traffic law violations regarding the police lighting and sirens on his vehicle. 

State Police in Fulton request that anyone with additional information or who may have any interaction with Hughes or his vehicle, to please contact Investigators at (315) 598-2112.