A Coaldale man facing charges that he impersonated a police officer in Nesquehoning, waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday.
Matthew Giambona, 21, of West Water Street, was charged by Nesquehoning Borough Police as a result of an incident on Route 54 on Feb. 22, during which he allegedly identified himself as "an undercover Nesquehoning police officer."
The hearing had been scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.
Defendants have the right to a preliminary hearing before a district judge. By waiving the right, the charge will now be forwarded to be presented in Carbon County Court.
Giambona is awaiting court proceedings in Schuylkill County Court for similar charges. He was charged by Frackville State Police on Feb. 28 with impersonating a public servant.
In the Nesquehoning incident, the arresting officer was Patrolman Carl Breiner of the Nesquehoning Police Department.
Breiner writes in the affidavit that on Feb. 22, he received a report of a possible police impersonator who stopped a motorist on Route 54 close to the Schuylkill and Carbon County line.
Eugene Jacobs, the victim of the alleged stop, informed Breiner that a vehicle got behind his and flashed its lights.
Breiner wrote in the affidavit, "Thinking it was a police officer, Jacobs pulled over and (the suspect) identified himself as an undercover Nesquehoning police officer and requested to see Jacob's driver's license."
The affidavit continues, "The suspect told Jacobs that he stopped him for erratic driving and took his driver's license to his vehicle and then returned a minute later.
The suspect then gave Jacobs his license back and verbally warned him that he would not issue him a ticket but told him to drive safely."
Giambona allegedly returned to his vehicle and departed the scene. He is free on bail for both the Carbon and Schuylkill incidents.