State Police charge Mexico Man with Impersonating a Police Officer

FULTON, NY – State Police in Fulton were contacted on Monday (3/31/14) by the town of Volney Fire Chief regarding a suspicious vehicle.

This vehicle was a white, Ford Crown Victoria that was equipped with red, white and blue emergency lighting equipment on both the front and the rear of the vehicle.

Christopher A. Hughes
Christopher Hughes

It was observed in February of this year by town of Volney Fire personnel, as it was appearing to respond to a scene involving wires down in the roadway. This call was being handled at the time by the Volney Fire Department.

This vehicle was also observed to have several fixed and hand held police radios mounted in the vehicle, and the male operator was dressed in First Responder clothing, which included a Hi-Visibility jacket bearing “Emergency Services” on the back.

The Volney Fire Chief located this vehicle and its operator on Monday and questioned him regarding the February incident.

During this encounter, this subject displayed a gold, law enforcement style badge with a NYS seal.

He further told the fire chief that his organization was funded by the New York State Police, which gave him the authority to use emergency lighting on his vehicle.

The fire chief then contacted the State Police in Fulton, who began an investigation.

This investigation resulted in the arrest of 40-year-old Christopher A. Hughes from Mexico.

Hughes was charged with 1 count of Criminal Impersonation in the 2nd Degree, a class “A” misdemeanor.

Hughes was further charged with additional Vehicle and Traffic Law violations regarding the police lighting and sirens on his vehicle.

State Police in Fulton request that anyone with additional information or who may have any interaction with Hughes or his vehicle, to please contact Investigators at (315) 598-2112.