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Port Chester Man Sentenced After Impersonating A Police Officer Upstate

John B. Holmes
John B. Holmes Photo Credit: File photo

PORT CHESTER, N.Y -- The former owner of a White Plains uniform store -- who got in trouble with the law when he was accused of defrauding the City of Rye in 2013 -- was sentenced Thursday on separate, reduced criminal charges in Saratoga Springs City Court after pretending to be a police officer last year.

John B. Holmes, 53, of Port Chester, was arrested at the Saratoga Springs police station in October 2014 on a warrant for second-degree criminal impersonation for impersonating a public servant, a misdemeanor, according to police reports. He also was ticketed for unauthorized red lighting on his vehicle during an incident in June in which he allegedly stopped another vehicle while pretending to be a police officer.

On Thursday, the criminal Impersonation charge was reduced to disorderly conduct and he entered pleas of guilty to that as well as having improper equipment (police light bars and alternating headlights) in his vehicle, according to police.

In court on Thursday, he admitted that he claimed to be Detective Jack Holmes of Westchester County at the time of the traffic stop and that the stop was not legal, police said. He was ordered as conditions of a conditional discharge to engage in counseling for anger management. Holmes also agreed to not apply to be an auxiliary police officer for one year and to stay away from the occupants of the vehicle for one year. He also received an unspecified fine and surcharges.

According to a law enforcement source, Holmes was arrested after the victims' produced an audio-recording of their traffic stop with Holmes.

The disposition of Holmes' Westchester County charge was not immediately available. The City of Rye picked another uniform bidder after Holmes' felony arrest.

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