Delaware man charged with impersonating an officer

 Joseph Dooley is charged with Criminal Impersonation of a Police Officer and Terroristic Threatening. (photo via Delaware State Police)

Joseph Dooley is charged with Criminal Impersonation of a Police Officer and Terroristic Threatening. (photo via Delaware State Police)

A man from Bear was arrested for allegedly impersonating a New Castle County police officer at a restaurant last week, according to Delaware State Police.

Police say on Thursday night, Joseph Dooley, 30, of Bear harassed a customer outside Seasons Pizza on Pulaski Highway in Bear, and told her he was a New Castle County police officer.

Dooley approached the customer, ordered her to mover her car and called her a racial slur, according to police. As the customer left the restaurant, Dooley followed her, took a picture of her registration and told her he was an officer, police say.

Delaware State Police arrested Dooley at his home after the female customer took his registration number and called 911.

Dooley is charged with Criminal Impersonation of a Police Officer and Terroristic Threatening. He was arraigned at JP Court 11 and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution in default of $3,500 cash bail.

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