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Donegal Twp. man told trooper he was impersonating police to deter speeders

Paul Peirce
| Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 4:09 p.m.

A Donegal Township man told state troopers he set up traffic control on a rural road along the border of Westmoreland and Fayette counties because he was tired of speeders killing deer and making “his house smell bad.”

Ricky W. McMillen, 57, of Champion was charged Wednesday with impersonating a public servant and illegal use of emergency vehicle lights.

Dispatchers received reports about 7:45 p.m. Sept. 27 of a vehicle along County Line Road with police lights activated, Trooper Nicholas Parker wrote in an affidavit.

When Parker arrived, he noticed a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier parked along the berm with a red and blue lightbar activated on the dashboard.

“Upon activating my overhead lights, (McMillen) quickly removed the LED lights from his dashboard and threw them on the floorboard of his vehicle,” Parker wrote in court papers.

McMillen “related that he was conducting traffic enforcement on the roadway because people keep hitting deer and it makes his house smell bad. McMillen further related that he ‘doesn't care that it is illegal to have police lights in his car,'” Parker wrote.

McMillen's complaint was sent via mailed summons. His preliminary hearing is Dec. 15 before Ligonier District Judge Denise Thiel.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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