Madison County Sheriff Ronald I. Cary reported Jan. 12 that deputies charged a 43-year-old Chenango County man after an incident in the town of Hamilton.
According to police, James M. Nesbitt, 43, of 8419 State Highway No. 12, Sherburne, was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, a class A misdemeanor after allegedly going to a Quarterline Road residence and identifying himself as a state trooper.
Police say Nesbitt went to the residence at about 6:45 p.m. Jan. 11, knocked on the door and demanded that a 27-year-old female exit the home with him. Witnesses say Nesbitt "produced some sort of badge," told other occupants of the house that he was a state trooper and informed them he had a search warrant for the house to allow him to search for marijuana.
The occupants of the house became suspicious and called Madison County's 9-1-1 center to verify Nesbitt's status as a law enforcement representative. Police say he immediately left the area in his vehicle.
Deputies obtained a warrant from Hamilton Town Court and charged Nesbitt at about 10:40 p.m. on North Main Street in Earlville. He was arraigned in Hamilton Town Court and remanded to Madison County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail pending his return Feb. 5.
Police believe Nesbitt may have met the 27-year-old woman he was seeking about two weeks ago.
Deputies were assisted by members of the Morrisville State Police substation.
The investigation continues.