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YCSO Arrest A Man Causing Panic In Congress By Telling People To Evacuate

A man was arrested Wednesday night for impersonating a fire official. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say someone was going around neighborhoods in Congress, impersonating a Yarnell firefighter, telling them they needed to evacuate due to the Hillside Fire burning three miles to the north. No “Go” orders for evacuation have been set, but those living along Ghost Town Road were put in “Set” Wednesday. Authorities say his actions caused panic in the town. Deputies confirmed with the Yarnell fire chief that the person in question was not a Yarnell firefighter, as he was let go several months ago. The person was identified as Patrick Parent and was known to deputies. Authorities went to his house and spotted him driving down the street, passing two marked patrol cars. They stopped Patrick and was taken into custody. Deputies found Yarnell fire clothing, pants and a hard hat in the car. Ring video footage shows Patrick at homes ringing doorbells. Deputies say Patrick showed signs and symptoms of impairment. He has been booked on charges of DUI slightest pending a blood test, impersonating a public servant, criminal nuisance and disorderly conduct.



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