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Accused police impersonator from Newmarket hopes to make plea deal

Union Leader Correspondent

September 29. 2013 8:03PM

BRENTWOOD — An alleged police impersonator accused of trying to pull over women in Epping and Stratham is hoping to keep his felony cases out of superior court by striking a plea deal, according to records filed by his lawyer.

A lawyer for Michael Heath, 42, of Newmarket told a judge in 10th Circuit Court he wants a resolve his charges before they are possibly bound over to a grand jury.

If Heath strikes a plea deal in the lower court, then he would likely be able to avoid felony charges and possible state prison time.

His public defender says they are exploring a "global resolution" to his two felony charges of false personation.

Last Tuesday, Heath was given a 30-day continuance to put off his probable cause hearing so that his public defender can explore a possible plea deal.

Police arrested Heath on Sept. 12 on a warrant issued for his arrest.

Stratham police said a woman reported that she was driving along Route 108 on Aug. 29 when a man pulled up alongside her car, waved a badge and motioned for her to pull over.

Stratham police tracked down Heath on Aug. 31, and questioned him about the incident in their town along with a similar one months earlier in Epping.

"During the interview, Heath admitted to showing a badge at a subject in Stratham and telling them to pull over," Epping police Detective Sean Gallagher said in a sworn affidavit.

A 36-year-old woman first reported to Epping police on Nov. 9 that a man pulled up next to her while she was at the intersection of Routes 125 and 27.

"The subject was waving the badge in her direction and motioning for her to pull her car over," Gallagher said in the affidavit.

The woman did not believe the man, later identified as Heath, was a police officer, according to Gallagher.

Heath was driving a green 2005 Buick Century when he pulled up to the woman. She noticed the car registration was a New Hampshire veteran plate with a vanity registration that read DEFIANT, according to the affidavit.

Epping police were able to identify Heath as the alleged police impersonator shortly after the incident, but had not been able to find him. Heath is being held on $25,000 cash bail.

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