Man Arrested for Impersonating Fireman

Issued 6/17/12 by John Schulz, Public Information Officer

A 30-year-old Denver man was arrested early this morning after being seen in the fire area in a truck with a stolen government license plate. 

Michael Stillman Maher, DOB: 092481, was contacted inside the fire area by a wild land fire chief last night.  Mr. Maher appeared to have phony firefighter credentials and was driving a silver Toyota Tacoma with a government license plate and lettering on the window.  He was last seen leaving the area at about 10:30 p.m. on County Road 52E.  Roving patrols were unable to locate him at that time.

Later the vehicle was spotted in Laporte, Colorado and deputies were able to locate Mr. Maher in a local bar.  The government license plate turned out to be stolen from the Glenwood Springs area and there was stolen property in the vehicle as well as a firearm.  The vehicle was registered to Mr. Maher.

Michael Maher was arrested for:

18-8-104 Obstructing Fire/Police M2

18-8-113 Impersonating Fire/Police M3

18-4-401(c) Theft F4

18-8-306 Attempt to Influence Public Servant F4

He is currently being held at the Larimer County Jail pending setting of bond.

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty

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