Police: Driver displayed fake badge, was under influence of drugs

Jason S. Nurmi (Bethlehem Police Department)

BETHLEHEM -- A North Greenbush man faces multiple charges following a two-car crash early Saturday in Delmar.

Bethlehem police responded to a two-vehicle personal injury crash at Delaware Avenue and Cherry Avenue at about 6:41 a.m. On arrival, they say the driver of a 2012 Buick, Jason S. Nurmi, displayed a badge and told them he was an investigator with the state task force. Further investigation showed Nurmi had a loaded firearm, and his vehicle was equipped with red and blue flashing lights. He was also determined to be under the influence of drugs.

Further investigation has determined that Nurmi does have a valid concealed carry pistol permit in five states, including New York, but that he is not associated with any government agency or entity that would authorize him to carry a badge or display flashing red and blue lights on his vehicle.

Nurmi was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Impersonation in the second degree, and Vehicle and Traffic violations of Following Too Closely and Operating a Motor Vehicle with Unauthorized Colored Lights. Nurmi was arraigned in the Town of Bethlehem Court by the Honorable Judge Andrew Kirby and released on his own recognizance, to reappear in Bethlehem Court on March 6.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 36-year-old man from Wilton, was transported by Delmar-Bethlehem EMS to Albany Medical Center, with minor injuries.

Anyone who may have had contact with Nurmi, under similarly outlined circumstances, is asked to contact the Bethlehem Police Department at 518-439-9973.

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