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Police: Auburn man used retired patrol car to impersonate police in Syracuse

An Auburn man was arrested last month for impersonating an officer in Syracuse, police said.

According to the Syracuse Police Department, 21-year-old Anthony Wagner was involved in a dispute with some motorcyclists July 22 when he activated a light bar on the roof of his car — a retired black and white patrol car.

While the police decals had been removed, Syracuse Sgt. Richard Helterline said the 2007 Dodge Charger still had a functioning light bar on top. Wagner had recently purchased the decommissioned car at an auction.

Wagner was driving his car on Route 481 in Syracuse at around 4 p.m. that day when a group of motorcyclists approached his car, Helterline said in an email to The Citizen. Then, after one of the motorcyclists reached over and hit Wagner's passenger-side mirror, Wagner flipped the switch on his light bar and followed them off the highway.

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