- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A veteran state transportation official and manager of the massive Q Bridge construction project in New Haven has been arrested on a charge of impersonating a state official.

State Police say Brian Mercure was arrested on Thursday. He’s accused of emailing a message to the Republican-American of Waterbury in which he “purported to be a state official.” Police responded to a complaint last Dec. 4.

Police say the unidentified state official did not send or authorize the email. Police did not provide other details.

A state Transportation Department spokesman said Mercure, a 29-year employee, was placed on paid administrative leave.

Mercure did not immediately return a call to his house and it’s not known if he’s represented by a lawyer.

The 52-year-old Mercure is charged with criminal impersonation and was released on $2,500.00 bond.

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