- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A Newark Fire Department captain who allegedly made two motor vehicle stops is facing charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Union County prosecutors say the charges announced Monday against Anthony Graves stem from incidents that occurred in Newark and Hillside on Nov. 30, 2014. The agency is handling the investigation so Essex County prosecutors can avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Authorities say the 47-year-old Newark resident was not working in any official capacity at the time of either traffic stop.

In both instances, he allegedly activated the emergency lights in his fire department vehicle and verbally questioned both motorists. But they say he didn’t issue any summonses or try to make any arrests.

A telephone number for Graves could not be located. His lawyer’s name was not immediately available.

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