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Police: Man Impersonates Officer in Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. — A Bridgeport man was arrested Friday after waving a badge at another driver and telling her not to use a cell phone while driving, Norwalk police said.

She was a court official who is familiar with members of the Norwalk Police Department. Suspicious of his badge, she got his license plate number. Police investigated and arrested Edward Botwick, 65, on Friday afternoon on a charge of impersonating a police officer.

The officiial was using Bluetooth, a hands-free cellular device, said Sgt. James Boff.  She was driving her own car on Main Avenue on Oct. 13 when she heard a horn honking multiple times, Boff said. It was a car behind her. The car pulled up next to her, and the man driving it held up a gold-colored badge and gestured for her to pull over. She did not, but they both pulled up to a red light they rolled down their windows. He told her not to talk on a cellphone while driving, according to the account relayed by Sgt. Lisa Cotto. She wanted to see his badge and asked whether he was on the Norwalk police force. He said he was from a different department, "the next one over," according to Boff.

She gave Norwalk police his plate number and a description: an older white male with a heavy build, age 50 to 55 and driving a green Ford SUV.

The plate belonged to Botwick. Told that police would apply for a warrant for his arrest, Botwick replied, "Well, if I get arrested I demand that she gets arrested for using her cellphone," Boff said. Bluetooth is not illegal.

Botwick initially denied having a badge, Boff said. He eventually turned it over to police. Cotto said it was embossed with the words "crime prention officer " and it did resemble a police badge. She didn't know why he had it, but it is in police custody now.

No bond was listed.

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