Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employee charged with impersonating an officer – NBC Connecticut

A state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employee is accused of impersonating an Old Saybrook police officer when he stopped children in a car and was arrested.

Police said Richard Swan, 59, of Old Saybrook, was driving a state-issued DEEP vehicle with red and blue emergency lights when he pulled three children into the vehicle and detained them on April 27 at approximately 11 p.m.

According to police, Swan displayed a badge and asked children under 18 for driver’s licenses.

Then, during the incident, he called the police, identified himself as a “DEEP officer” and gave the police officers the identities of the children.

Old Saybrook police determined that Swan did not have authority with DEEP to stop motor vehicles and was charged with impersonating a police officer.

“It is disturbing that an individual violated the public’s trust by impersonating a police officer and, even worse, in connection with minors,” Old Saybrook Police Chief Michael A. Spera said in a statement.

“We will not tolerate this dangerous behavior at Old Saybrook and I fully support the victims’ pursuit of justice after their horrific experiences,” Spera added.

Swan is being held on $5,000 bail to be posted. His trial is scheduled for June 11 in Middletown Superior Court.