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Stoneham Man Charged With Impersonating a Police Officer

The man plead not guilty in Lowell District Court this week.

Lowell District Court. Credit: Patch file photo.
Lowell District Court. Credit: Patch file photo.

By Matt Schooley

A man attempted to slow down a driver on Route 3 in Chelmsford over the summer, not an uncommon occurrence by law enforcement personnel. There was a problem though -- the man was not a police officer and the badge had not been valid for several decades.

As a result of the incident, which occurred in June, Lawrence Bowman, 62, of 15 Lee St., Stoneham, was summonsed to Lowell District Court and charged with impersonating a police officer, according to a report in the Lowell Sun.

The newspaper reported that Bowman pleaded not guilty in Lowell District Court this week. He allegedly drove erratically near another vehicle and flashed the badge at them in an effort to get them to slow down, but the sheriff's badge was from the 1970s where Bowman was employed briefly before leaving the job.

Click here to read the Lowell Sun report on the incident in its entirety.

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