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Man named Popeye poses as New York Police officer on Connecticut highways

By Mason White 2:10 PM April 21, 2017
Popeye C. Whittingham
Popeye C. Whittingham
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A man named Popeye, endangered the lives of many drivers by posing as a New York police officer while driving recklessly on highways, according to police in Connecticut.

The Connecticut State Police said that on Wednesday, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Troop G – Bridgeport received numerous 911 calls, reporting a Nissan SUV with New York registration plates traveling recklessly, with emergency lights activated, on I-95 northbound in the area of exit 3 in Greenwich.

Dispatchers were able to see the vehicle in question via DOT cameras placed along I-95.

The Nissan was observed passing vehicles by traveling on and off the center median, tailgating other vehicles, splitting the lanes, and cutting from side to side on the highway, with emergency lights activated.

Two troopers who were stopped in the area of I-95 northbound exit 17, investigating two separate motor vehicle crashes, observed the Nissan as it approached and passed them still with emergency lights activated.

One of the troopers was able to stop the Nissan. The Nissan was registered to a private person (non-government), however the registration was expired.

The operator, 48-year-old Popeye C. Whittingham, led troopers to believe that he was a New York City Police Officer and displayed a detective badge.

Upon further investigation, troopers learned that Whittingham has no police powers and is a volunteer Clergy/Bishop with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) 32nd Precinct.

Whittingham of Manhattan, was taken into custody and transported to Troop G, where he was fingerprinted and photographed.

Whittingham was charged with use of unauthorized colored or white lights, impersonation of a police officer, reckless driving, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, and operating with a suspended/revoked license.

Whittingham was released after posting $2,500 bond.