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Police impersonator Silverstein road-rages, threatens with gun and chases motorist. You won't see it on the evening news
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April 15, 2008
Chappaqua doctor charged with felony in road rage incident
NEW CASTLE - A Chappaqua physician was charged Sunday with impersonating a police officer after a road rage incident on the Saw Mill River Parkway in which he is accused of pointing a gun at another motorist and displaying a police badge, police said.
Dr. Richard Silverstein, 58, of 54 Carolyn Place is an ophthalmologist and former police surgeon for the defunctHousing Police Department.
Silverstein was charged with first-degree impersonating an officer, a felony; second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor; and seventh-degree, a misdemeanor, Westchester County police said.
A driver, whose name was not released, told police he was traveling about 5:40 p.m. in the left northbound lane when another driver in a gray Porsche drove up behind him at a high rate of speed, said Kieran O'Leary, a county police spokesman.
The victim said the Porsche driver then passed on the right and brandished a gun, police said.
When the victim pulled over near Route 120 to call 911, the other driver pulled behind him, approached his car, displayed a police shield and began yelling at him, police said.
On the advice of a police dispatcher, the victim drove away.
The victim said he later saw the suspect turning ontoRoad in Chappaqua and tried following him. The Porsche then turned back onto the parkway and headed north, police said.
County andpolice responded. A police officer stopped the Porsche on Quaker Road in .
Police said they recovered a Heckler and Koch .45-caliber handgun from the Porsche, several pieces of NYPD identification, a police surgeon's shield and a small amount of prescription drugs. Silverstein also voluntarily surrendered a number of handguns, rifles and shotguns from his home, police said.
Police determined that Silverstein had a valid permit to carry a gun.
Silverstein was released without bail and is due May 15 in Town Court.
Reached last night, Silverstein said he "didn't care to dispute the claims at this time" and declined further comment.