Police charged a 42-year-old Thomaston man with impersonating a police officer after they said he activated flashing red and blue lights on his car and sped by traffic Friday, but the suspect denies that was his intent.
Thomas Bouchard displayed red and blue flashing lights while driving through Naugatuck on Friday, according to police. Officers spotted him at 10 a.m. as he drove through the Old Waterbury Turnpike and Sheriden Road intersection. They observed several cars in the area pulling over to let him go by as he took off up a street at a high rate of speed, police said.
Bouchard was not dressed in a police uniform, but police said he told them he was pursuing a car that cut him off to pull it over, police said. He did not give officers any other information identifying himself as a police officer.
But Bouchard called NBC Connecticut to say that he would never impersonate a cop and that he has never tried to pull anyone over. He said that the lights have been on the truck he was driving since he bought it and that he uses them for plowing. Bouchard said that he only put them on in Naugatuck Friday to get through the intersection safely and that he knows it was wrong.
Police stopped him a short distance from where they first saw him and arrested him on a charge of impersonating a police officer.
Bouchard is due in Waterbury Superior Court on Oct. 22 and he was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond.
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