Man accused of impersonating police officer following incident at Kennebunk playground

Ryan Calista (Kennebunk Police Department)

KENNEBUNK (WGME) -- Police arrested a man for impersonating an officer after an incident at playground in Kennebunk on Wednesday.

Police say officers responded to a playground on Park Street around 2:30 p.m. after getting a report that a man in police hat and police vest drove into the parking lot at a high rate of speed, identified himself as a police officer, and claimed to be looking for a missing 13-year-old boy.

Witnesses told police that the man’s truck was equipped with a flashing blue light.

Several adults at the scene became suspicious when the man refused to identify himself or give his name, according to police. They took photographs of the man, and his vehicle before he left the parking lot.

Officers identified the suspect as 30-year-old Ryan Calista, of Dover, New Hampshire.

Around 6:30 p.m., the Dover Police Department received a similar report about Calista allegedly impersonating a police officer.

Dover Police arrested him for impersonating a police officer, and other outstanding arrest warrants. A Kennebunk police officer then drove to Dover and summonsed Calista for impersonating a public servant.

Calista is due in Biddeford District Court on February 20, 2019.

The Kennebunk Police Department is informing the public that their plain clothes officers will still have their badges displayed, and will readily show their credentials if there is any doubt as to their identity.

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