WEBSTER (CBS) – The lawyer for a Webster man charged with impersonating a police officer says her client pretended he was a cop out of his concern for public safety.

Webster Police say 24-year-old William Ferrante was using a blue light similar to the ones used in police cruisers when he pulled over a woman and claimed he was an off-duty military police officer.

Ferrante allegedly demanded her identification. The woman was not injured.

Ferrante told police that he used the light to “slow cars down” when they sped past him on the highway.

At his arraignment Thursday, prosecutors told the judge Ferrante also made regular calls to the local police department about speeding.

Ferrante’s lawyer says her client may have taken things a little too far.

A judge ordered Ferrante held on $500 cash bail. He is expected back in court in April.


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