Fayette County man accused of impersonating first responders in emergency dispatches
A Fayette County man was arrested Thursday by Uniontown Police on five counts of impersonating a public servant, for allegedly making 21 illegal radio transmissions over the county emergency dispatch system while posing as a first responder.
When police identified Jonathan M. Campbell, 27, as a suspect he told investigators he recently purchased a portable, two-way radio over the internet for $32 and programmed the county’s emergency dispatch frequency on it in order to make transmissions, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by city police officer Jamie Holland.
In addition to impersonating a public servant, Campbell was also arraigned before District Judge Michael Metros on two counts each of making false alarms to agencies of public safety and risking a catastrophe and single counts of possessing instruments of crime and criminal use of a communication facility.
Holland reported in court documents that Campbell made the transmissions between Feb. 2 and Feb. 3.
In one transmission, Campbell allegedly reported there was a structure fire in Luzerne Township, Holland said.
When initially questioned, Holland reported Campbell immediately offered to turn over his hand-held radio to police.
“Campbell apologized for using the radio and stated that he will not do it again,” Holland wrote.
Metros ordered Campbell held in the county prison, pending a preliminary Feb. 19 hearing, after he failed to post $5,000 bail.
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