A federal-corrections-officer-turned-Uber-driver was arrested near the Holland Tunnel for trying to impersonate a federal officer, police said.
Andrew Kessler, of Queens, was pulled over in Jersey City after a Port Authority police officer saw him using a cell phone while driving. When the officer asked for his license, Kessler handed over a Federal Bureau of Prisons ID card with his photo and badge, according to police.
Kessler, 36, used to work as a federal corrections officer, but was arrested last year after illegally collecting nearly $14,000 in unemployment benefits while working full-time at a downtown jail, the New York Post reported.
Kessler was arrested after the officer determined the ID to be fake. A pair of handcuffs was found inside his Volkswagen during the arrest, according to police.
In a comment to NBC 4 New York, Uber said it has removed Kessler's access to Uber for the time being. The company said he has a valid NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission license.