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Police: Man impersonating officer wore "Sheriff" T-shirt

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Police in Belleville say a man attempted to impersonate a sheriff's officer during a traffic stop by using a fake badge and a T-shirt that had "Sheriff" printed on the chest.

According to police, they stopped a 51-year-old Kearny man for speeding past them last week using red and blue lights.

The Record reports when they pulled the man over, he exited the vehicle wearing a shirt that said "Sheriff" across the chest and sleeves.

Police say the man told police he was an Essex County sheriff's officer and flashed a badge.

Belleville Police Sgt. John Giacobbe says the badge actually read "United Chaplain's International."

The man is due in court in Newark on June 20.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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