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Police officer impersonation alleged

By Staff | Feb 14, 2014

MUNCY – After waiving his preliminary hearing, a 58-year-old motorist faces further court action on charges he allegedly impersonated a police officer when he pulled another driver over and flashed a badge in his face, according to state Trooper Gary Beadle.

Gary Michael Maniscalco, of 14 Center Ave., has been charged with impersonating a public servant, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct following an incident with motorist James Edward Nottingham near routes 442 and 405 in Muncy Creek Township on Sept. 23, Beadle said.

As he was driving past Nottingham, Maniscalco motioned for him to pull over, which he did, Beadle said.

Maniscalco allegedly punched the passenger side mirror to Nottingham’s pickup truck, Beadle said, adding that the two men then began arguing.

Maniscalco pulled from his pants pocket a badge, which he held in the air and told Nottingham several times that he was cop, which was untrue, Beadle said.

Nottingham then tried to get other drivers to call 911 for him, prompting Maniscalco to get back in his car and drive off, Beadle said. Maniscalco is free on $5,000 bail.