Police: Katonah Fireman Charged Own Gas To Dept. Card

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A member of the Katonah Fire Department used the department's credit card on three occasions to purchase gas for his own car, according to Bedford Police. Photo Credit: Bedford Police

BEDFORD, N.Y. — A Katonah Volunteer Fire Department member was charged with using the department’s credit card to buy gas for his personal use, according to Bedford Police.

Police received a complaint from fire department officials Dec. 13 that one of their members, Michael J. Pastore, 31, had used the fire district credit card to buy gas for his own car, police said.

Department policy states that only authorized members of the department can use the card, and only for fire department-owned vehicles. The department told police that Pastore used the card on three occasions at the Mobil station located at 80 Bedford Road, across from the firehouse.

Pastore was pulled over in Katonah on Dec. 15 around midnight when he failed to signal a turn on Cross River Road, police said.

The Katonah man was charged with three counts of second-degree criminal impersonation of a public service worker and three counts of petit larceny, both misdemeanors.

Pastore was also charged with failure to signal, a traffic violation. He was released on his own recognizance and will return to Town of Bedford Court on Dec. 27.

The following item was also included in the Bedford Police blotter:

DWI on Harris Road: A Bedford Hills man was charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent, Bedford police said.

Duffy F. McCarthy was seen traveling south on Bedford Road in Bedford Hills around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. McCarthy, 43, was seen crossing the double yellow lines as he turned left on Harris Road, police said.

When officers pulled him over, they smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed he had red, glassy eyes, police said.

McCarthy failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Bedford police station where he tested for .13 percent blood alcohol content on the breathalyzer test police said.

McCarthy was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of more than .08 percent, both misdemeanors. He was also charged with improper lane use, a traffic infraction. He was released on $150 bail and will return to Town of Bedford Court on Jan. 3.

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