NH Man Accused Of Impersonating Police Officer In Maine
A New Hampshire man is facing charges in Maine after allegedly impersonating a police officer.
Kennebunk Police said in a post on the department's Facebook page that it was around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon when officers were called to the Parks and Recreation Center playground on Park Street. Witnesses told officers that a man wearing a police hat and vest drove into the parking lot at a high rate of speed and identified himself as a police officer. He also told them he was looking for a missing thirteen-year-old boy. They said his truck had a flashing blue light, but he refused to identify himself or give his name. They took photographs of the man before he took off.
Investigators used the photos and descriptions to identify the suspect as Ryan K. Calista, 30, of Dover, New Hampshire. They contacted the Dover Police Department and, at about 6:30 that evening, learned that the New Hampshire department was dealing with Calista for a similar complaint, and that he was being arrested for impersonating a police officer and outstanding arrest warrants.
A Kennebunk officer drove to Dover and summonsed Calista for impersonating a public servant, in addition to the charges levied in New Hampshire. Calista is due in court in Biddeford in February.
The Kennebunk Police Department wants to assure the public that their plain clothes officers will always have badges displayed and will readily show their credentials, if there is any doubt as to their identity.