DANNEMORA — State Police in Dannemora arrested a Plattsburgh man on May 5 and charged him with impersonating a police officer.
Police arrested Kyle P. Wyman, 23, of Plattsburgh, after they received a complaint from a teen driver who was pulled over by someone he believed wasn’t a law enforcement official. The driver reported a male subject operating a dark blue Ford Crown Victoria with a spotlight on the driver’s side stopped him in the Dannemora area on May 1.
Wyman allegedly used a red light to stop the vehicle and then requested the operator’s driver’s license and registration. Wyman questioned the driver and sent him on his way.
Kevin Leavine, a senior investigator with the State Police in Plattsburgh, said Wyman wasn’t armed at the time of the incident.
Wyman was arrested and charged with criminal impersonation in the first degree. He was arraigned in Dannemora and committed to the county Jail on $3,000 cash bail or $6,000 bond. On May 11, he posted bail and was released.
According to Leavine, Wyman has a history of this type of behavior in New York and Vermont. Police say he used radio frequencies last year to run Vermont license plates, and even gave dispatchers a false badge number. He was charged with, and convicted of, criminal impersonation of an officer as well as computer trespassing.
“This is a safety issue, for him as well as the people being pulled over,” Leavine said. “He doesn’t know who he is pulling over. It could be a dangerous criminal.”
“We’re looking for other people to come forward if they believe this has happened to them. At this point in time there is reason to believe he has done this to others,” Leavine said.
Incidents such as this are happening all over the state, he noted. Though it does not happen frequently in this area, he said, people should know that it does occur.
The senior investigator said motorists should be suspicious of cars with auxiliary lights or strobe-type lights and that drivers should make sure that anyone who pulls them over is wearing a full police uniform. If a driver suspects they are being pulled over by someone other than a police officer, they should continue to drive at a safe speed and wait to pull over until reaching a populated area, Leavine said.
Police are asking anyone with information about this investigation, or about related incidents, to call the New York State Police in Plattsburgh at 563-3761.