His lawyer, Russell Matson, vows a vigorous defense when the case comes up on Sept. 4 in Quincy District Court:
My client has applied several different dip color changes to his car before deciding to deck out his car in homage to the Transformers character Barricade. ...
At no point did he represent himself as a police officer.
At no point did he attempt to pull anyone over.
My client does not and has never carried a gun or a badge, or dressed as a police officer.
The car itself, while certainly distinctive, did not have any blue lights like an actual police car. Despite decoration that make it look similar to a police car, it does not bear any official town or state seal of any police department.
The statute for impersonating a police officer MGL Chapter 268 Section 33 states that a person must â€śacts as such or requires a person to aid or assist him in a matter pertaining to the duty of such officerâ€ť.
My client did none of these things. Therefore the clerk magistrate should drop this case, and I believe that is what should happen at our upcoming court date next month.