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Police Officer Impersonator Facing Charges in Bucks
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2024-01-31

            A man with a Massachusetts driver's license is accused of impersonating a police officer in Milford Township. Last week, the state police filed criminal charges against Austin Robert Ferrari Huffman, 35, of Upton, Mass after tracking him down through social media.

           Huffman – observed operating an SUV with its multicolored lights activated pulling over motorists on Route 663 last summer – faces one misdemeanor count of impersonating a public servant and three related summary offenses in the Richland Township court of District Judge Lisa Gaier.

            Law enforcement officials filed the case against Huffman, who owns a custom exhaust business located on Rowell Road in Colebrookdale Township, on Jan. 25. The charges include summary offenses for displaying improper lights, improper use of emergency lights and an improper license plate following an Aug. 2, 2023 incident.

            A witness informed the state police's Dublin barracks that the operator of a black Ford Explorer with the vanity plate "WILL CHSE," was activating red, white, and blue emergency lights while behind motorists traveling north on Route 663 in Richland and Milford townships and on Route 309 in Quakertown Borough.

            The witness followed the vehicle into the Wawa parking lot, located at 1960 John Fries Highway, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

            Video surveillance shows the driver of Explorer – described as a tall, slender, white male – entering Wawa wearing a green graphic tee-shirt and athletic shorts. A search of the license plate through a national database turned up negative results, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

            The following day, an open-source search of the plate discovered an Instagram account with the username "afromb3." The account identified the user as "Austin Huffman," "Austin From Boston," and founder of "@valvetronic."

            His YouTube channel, linked from his Instagram account, included the post "The TRUE COST of my POLICE FORD EXPLORER SR (its alot lol)." During the 15-minute video, posted on April 13, 2023, the black Ford Explorer is observed with red and blue emergency lights activated and bearing the same black and white "WILL CHSE" tag.

            While introducing the light package installed on the vehicle, Huffman explained to his followers that the lights – observed on the front, side, and rear of the vehicle -- added to the vehicle are extremely illegal and to never do this. In the video, emergency red and blue lights are visible, according to law enforcement officials.

            He also revealed the siren system, with a detailed explanation, which had a standard wail siren and horn siren like those used by law enforcement. The controls for the lights are shown in the small storage space of the vehicle in front of the center console cupholders.

            Huffman also showed a "Push to Talk Microphone," that amplifies one's voice outside the vehicle, similar to that of a law enforcement system utilized in Pennsylvania, according to the legal document.

            At 5:24 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2023, another state trooper pulled over the SUV with the same license plate "WILL CHSE" – described by authorities as fictitious – in the area of Route 309 near mile marker 23.0 in West Rockhill Township. The vehicle was seized and towed to Dublin barracks.

            A search revealed that the vehicle was equipped with a light system that can manually change from amber, white, and red and blue lights visible on the front, back, and sides. It was also equipped with a siren and public address system as described by Huffman in his YouTube video, according to the legal document.

            A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, according to the judicial website.


 

 

 

 

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