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Merrimack, N.H., man allegedly impersonated police officers, first responders

Obadiah Croteau.
Obadiah Croteau.

A Merrimack, N.H., man is facing charges after police said he has showed up at traffic accidents pretending to be an officer or emergency responder for months.

Obadiah Croteau, 22, was arrested Thursday after an investigation dating back to October, Merrimack police said in a statement.

Croteau allegedly rigged his car to look like a New Hampshire State Police cruiser, according to police: a green Dodge Charger with a light bar, laptop mounted to the central console, mounted cameras, and a “K-9 unit” sticker.

Authorities received reports that Croteau showed up at multiple accident scenes in Merrimack, identifying himself as a first responder. The car apparently led 911 callers to tell dispatchers police were already on scene when they were not, according to the statement.

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On another occasion, he allegedly told one driver in a disabled car that he worked for a roadside service company and asked for the driver’s personal information, police said.

Croteau, who has said the car belongs to his company, Propel Entertainment, which he said provides executive protection and bodyguard services, is not licensed to provide either security services in the state or emergency medical services, according to police.

He was found in possession of a ID card printer and false IDs indicating he is an “Executive Protection Officer,” first responder, and certified in advanced cardiac life support, police said.

Croteau is facing charges of impersonating law enforcement and misdemeanors of not having security services and emergency medical licenses at Hillsborough County Superior Court South on March 21, according to the statement.


Lucas Phillips can be reached at lucas.phillips@globe.com.