He identified himself as an NYPD officer.
Instead, a Brooklyn man with flashing emergency lights forcing motorists off the road Monday in Montauk was actually a 24-year-old cellphone salesman and part-time student pretending to be a cop, East Hampton Town Police said.
Krishna Parihar has been charged with first-degree criminal impersonation, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of ammunition feeding devices. He was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in East Hampton Town Justice Court.
Police said they pulled Parihar over on Montauk Highway near Upland Road just before 2:30 p.m.
The traffic stop came in response to a 911 caller reporting “a dark colored sedan with red and white flashing lights” whose driver was “forcing vehicles from the roadway,” police said.
During the stop, police said Parihar identified himself as an NYPD officer and he wore “an imitation New York City Police badge.”
Police said he also had an empty holster on his belt, adding that he gave officers “conflicting information” when questioned. A loaded 9-mm handgun was recovered during a search of Parihar’s black 2015 Dodge Charger, and police said two loaded magazines were recovered.
Handcuffs, handcuff keys and emergency lights also were recovered from the car, which police said was registered in North Carolina.
Investigators are now asking anyone with information about the incident — or about similar incidents involving Parihar — to call them at 631-537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.