BATAVIA — A Batavia man was charged Thursday after attempting to impersonate a state Department Environmental Conservation police officer, Genesee County sheriff’s deputies said.

Rick A. Drury, 58, of Shady Lane allegedly displayed a gold badge to a deputy. Deputies said he also told them he was with the DEC and was part of law enforcement.

Further investigation revealed Drury is not a DEC law enforcement officer and has not been in the past, deputies said. The badge he allegedly displayed was a New York Excelsior gold badge.

Drury was charged with first-degree criminal impersonation of a law enforcement officer. He is to appear Oct. 27 in Town Court.

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