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Pulled over driver gave cop bogus FDNY shield, police say

Richard Geller's charges include second-degree criminal impersonation.

Richard Geller's charges include second-degree criminal impersonation. Credit: SCPD

A weekend traffic stop led to the arrest of an East Patchogue man after he gave a police officer a fake FDNY lieutenant’s shield and ID to try to get out of a ticket, police said Tuesday.

Richard Geller, 56, of La Bonne Vie Drive West, was arrested at about 7 p.m. Saturday after he was pulled over in a 2002 Mercedes-Benz in Yaphank, Suffolk County police said in a news release.

Geller was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation and third-degree possession of a forged instrument and he was issued seven summonses for vehicle and traffic law infractions, police said. He is scheduled for arraignment at a later date, police said.

It was not immediately clear if Geller was represented by counsel.

Police said Geller was stopped in the Mercedes on County Road 101 near Long Island Avenue by Sixth Precinct Community Support Unit Officer Keith Liere. During that stop, police said, Geller handed Liere the FDNY identification and shield — items police said Liere determined to be false.

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