OLD LYME, Conn. Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s brother has been charged in Connecticut with impersonating a police officer after authorities say he stopped boaters.
Connecticut State Police say 46-year-old Bruce W. Browne of Wolcott was also charged with breach of peace, interfering with a police officer and possession of a dangerous weapon. He was released on $50,000 bond.
Wolcott Chief Edward Stephens said Browne is the former Massachusetts Republican senator’s brother. He could not explain why their last names are spelled differently.
A call to Scott Brown was not immediately returned. A listing for Bruce Browne went unanswered.
Police say Browne stopped three vessels on Long Island Sound on Thursday and asked boaters for their registrations and safety certificates. Police say Browne had three loaded handguns, handcuffs and a bulletproof vest marked “police” in his car.
Update at 12:30 p.m.: Scott Brown has released a statement via Facebook:
For those of you who are asking about the news reports on my estranged half brother, I only know as much as you. I read about it in the news this morning. As you many of you know, my mom and my late father were married and divorced 4 times each. Unfortunately, we were not close as a family. These are serious charges and he will need to answer them. I feel badly for his children and I am thankful that no one was injured.
With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom