New Jersey State troopers arrested a Basking Ridge man Wednesday for allegedly impersonating a U.S. Marshal.

Bruce Cohen, 57, was pulled over for a violation on Interstate 287 by troopers from the Mobile Safe Freight Unit, NJ State Police said in a press release on their Facebook page. When officers approached the man's 2016 red Kia Sorrento, they noticed that he was wearing a U.S. Marshal badge around his neck.

During the course of an investigation, however, police learned that Cohen was not a federal marshal and did not have the authority to wear the badge.

"Troopers also found him to be in possession of a loaded 9 mm starter pistol, which is used at track and field events, a holster, and other U.S. Marshal items," police said.

"The New Jersey State Police isn't your mama, but we're taking the badge if it doesn't belong to you," police commented on Facebook.

According to police, Cohen was placed under arrest and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer. He is also charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.  and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

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