The Groton Police Department said they have apprehended man accused of impersonating an officer.
The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Carl E. Adams, was driving an SUV, which appeared to be a Honda CR-V, equipped with what appears to be red and blue strobe lighting and a working siren.
Police said impersonating an officer is illegal.
"People who impersonate the officer give doubt to the normal citizen, if the person they are having content with is a true peace officer within the state,” Groton Police Detective Commander Lt. John Varone said.
Adams was caught on surveillance and a photo of the suspect was posted to the Groton police Facebook page. The same vehicle was spotted in Norwich and Waterford.
Police said the car was roaring down a stretch of Groton going upwards of 80 mph right by an elementary school around 8:40 a.m. Buses were arriving at the school at that time, police said.
Adams was weaving in and out of lanes, which forced others to dodge it.
The investigation also revealed that Adams had a small child in his vehicle while he was allegedly driving in a dangerous manner.
“The officer had to maneuver in traffic and try to catch up to him," Varone said.
Adams was able to evade officers, but not for long.
Around 10:30 a.m., police said they have identified the driver and located him.
Adams was charged with impersonating a police officer, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, use of unauthorized colored lights, illegal use of siren, failure to drive in proper lane and improper passing.
He is being held on a $20,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.
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