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Man charged with impersonating a Madison County sheriff's deputy

Mugshot of Christopher DeFazio
Mugshot of Christopher DeFazio, photo provided by Madison County Sheriff's Office.

A Madison County man is accused of impersonating an officer Monday night.

Posted: Dec 5, 2018 10:29 AM
Updated: Dec 5, 2018 10:42 AM

SULLIVAN, N.Y. -- A Madison County man is accused of impersonating an officer Monday night.

Madison County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Christopher DeFazio, of Oneida, was involved ina road rage incident where he pretended to be a sheriff's deputy. 

They say DeFazio was driving a red pickup truck, but was dressed in a security officer uniform when he got into a fight with another motorist. Deputies say he had a sheriff's hat displayed near his windshield, flashed a light in the eyes of the other person, and even asked for backup in what appeared to be a police radio.

Deputies say DeFazio called 911 to report the other motorist, but after an investigation determined he had impersonated a police officer. 

He was charged with criminal impersonation of a police officer in the second degree.

DeFazio was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Town of Sullivan Court on January 15.

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