An Acton man arrested on OUI and weapons charges earlier this week in Leominster is reportedly under investigation for impersonating police.
According to multiple reports, Larry Visco, 57, of 128 Parker St., Acton, was arrested Sunday morning after he was found passed out in his car at a traffic light on Route 117. When police arrived, the responding officer reportedly found pipes on the passenger’s seat and a can marked “Rasta,” the Lowell Sun reported.
Visco was reportedly glassy-eyed and disoriented, and in the can was synthetic marijuana, the reports said.
“He was high on this new synthetic marijuana drug they are all on,” Sgt. Andrew Dupuis reportedly told the Sentinel and Enterprise. “It’s called Scoobie Doo.”
In the car, police reportedly found:
- Stun guns
- Pellet guns
- Pepper spray
- Hunting knives
- Steel handcuffs
- PI badges
- Blue lights velcroed to the dashboard
- Police uniforms
“Someone very easily could be convinced that that was a police officer,” Leominster Police Officer Elvin Vaszuez said, according to a WHDH report.
All that gear wasn’t enough to lead to charges of impersonating a police officer—reportedly because he wasn’t caught in the act—it was enough to prompt police to investigate whether Visco has been involved in that activity.
According to the Lowell Sun, a court document states Sgt. Dupois learned though calls to area police departments that “reports of a police impersonator fitting the description of Mr. Visco and his vehicle had occurred in the towns of Maynard and Bolton.”
Visco was reportedly charged with:
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
- Having red and blue lights in the motor vehicle
- Possession of pepper spray without a firearm identification card
- Possession of an electric stun gun (two counts)
Visco is reportedly due back in court Jan. 22 following his arraignment Monday in Leominster District Court and release on $2,500 cash bail.