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Superior man charged with impersonating first responder

A Superior man was charged after allegedly telling people whose car had broken down that he was with "fire and rescue" during an incident Dec. 1 in Superior's Billings Park neighborhood.

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A Superior man was charged after allegedly telling people whose car had broken down that he was with "fire and rescue" during an incident Dec. 1 in Superior's Billings Park neighborhood.

Todd Allen Peterson, 45, faces one count of repeater impersonating a first responder. He made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Dec. 4 and a public defender was appointed to the case, online court records show.

According to the criminal complaint, Peterson approached people whose vehicle had broken down along the 3200 block of Belknap Street and told them he was with "fire and rescue." When Officer Mikayla LeRette arrived, Peterson ran up to the squad car to describe the situation.

"I was confused as to why Peterson would interject himself into a situation involving a complete stranger," LeRette wrote in her report.

One of the women waiting with the broken-down vehicle told LeRette that Peterson made them uncomfortable with his repeated attempts to take charge of the situation.

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In addition to a bright yellow, reflective jacket, Peterson was wearing a St. Louis County Sheriff's Office sweatshirt, which displayed a badge, and had a radio on his hip. LeRette reported that Peterson smelled strongly of intoxicants and that a Department of Corrections warrant had recently been issued for him. Peterson was arrested. A preliminary breath test at the jail had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.18.

Following the initial hearing, Peterson was released on a $150 cash bond with the condition that he not use or possess any alcohol or controlled substances.

Peterson's next court appearance was set for Feb. 4. The charge carries a maximum penalty of nine months of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

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