Jun 17, 2012 1:41 PM by Matt Stafford

Man arrested for impersonating a fireman at High Park Fire

A 30-year-old Denver man is in custody in Larimer County after the local Sheriff's office says he was impersonating a fireman at the High Park Fire.

In a report from the Larimer County Sheriff's office, they say Michael Stillman Maher was first contacted by a wild land fire chief inside the fire area Saturday night. Deputies say Maher had what looked like "phony firefighter credentials." They said he was driving a silver Toyota Tacoma with a government license plate and lettering on the window. The Sheriff's office says Maher was last seen in the fire area around 10:30 p.m. Saturday on County Road 52E. Crews tried to find Maher again but could locate him in the fire area.

The silver Toyota truck Maher had been driving was later seen in Laport at a local bar. The Sheriff's office says the government license plate was stolen from the Glenwood Springs area and there was stolen property inside the truck. The truck is registered to Maher, according to the Sheriff's office.

Maher faces four charges, including two felonies for theft and trying to influence a public servant. The other misdemeanor charges are for obstructing and impersonating police or fire personnel. The Sheriff's office says Maher is being held in the Larimer Co. Jail while he waits to have his bond set.



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