REVERE, Mass. — A man who was caught impersonating a police officer near Revere Beach had been forcing drivers off the road in a fake cop car that was equipped with flashing lights, authorities said.
Byron J. Boisseau, 43, of Revere, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Chelsea District Court to charges including impersonating a police officer, carrying a dangerous weapon, possession of burglarious tools, disorderly conduct, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and attaching non-compliant aftermarket lighting.
Troopers responding to a report of a man who was operating an unmarked white Crown Victoria with flashing yellow lights spotted a driver who was forcing other vehicles off the road in the area of Revere Beach Boulevard around 8 p.m. Sunday, according to Massachusetts State Police.
A trooper tracked the driver, who was later identified as Boisseau, onto Ocean Avenue and pulled his vehicle over. The trooper said that Boisseau was in possession of a black hat with “SECURITY” printed on it and he was wearing a shirt that said the same thing.
A search of Boisseau’s Crown Victoria is said to have yielded a bulletproof vest with two steel plates, a metal security badge in a chain holder, a large black flashlight, an aluminum holder used by police to hold paper citation forms, a black Balaclava-style ski mask, a large pair of bolt cutters, a small pair of bolt cutters, and a push-bar bumper.
Boisseau also had a folding knife, black handcuffs, a small black flashlight, a canister of pepper spray, two handcuff keys, an expandable baton, an alcohol breathalyzer test kit, black rubber gloves, a Glock-style BB gun, and plastic mace gun with a canister of propellant attached to a police-style duty belt and in his pockets, according to state police.
Boisseau was booked at the Revere state police barracks and all of the items recovered during his arrest were secured as evidence.
During his arraignment, a prosecutor told the court that Boisseau was involved in a previous road rage incident in which he allegedly cut off a vehicle in West Roxbury while driving the same Crown Victoria.
Boisseau was released on $500 bail and ordered to refrain from possessing firearms, as well as only driving when it’s to and from work.
Boston 25 Reporter Bob Ward approached Boisseau leaving the courthouse to get a comment, the suspect then shoved Bob Ward. Mass. State Police are aware of the incident. Bob Ward is okay and was checked out by medical professionals as a precaution.
An investigation remains ongoing.
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