Man accused of criminal impersonation following March 2 accident, DWI arrest

WATERTOWN, NY —  Gregory W. Cox Jr., 31, of 23224 White Road, Glen Park, was arrested by Watertown police at 1:57 a.m. Saturday at Whistler’s Tavern, 107 Public Square.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree harassment, leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, a felony, first-degree falsifying business records, unsafe backing, second-degree criminal impersonation, passing a red light, illegal signal, unsafe movement of a stopped motor vehicle, not wearing a seat belt, driving without a license and refusal to take a breath test in connection with a March 2 accident in the 100 block of Washington Street.

Mr. Cox is accused of providing police with a Pennsylvania driver’s license belonging to Curtney J. Smith and identified himself as this person in an attempt to avoid criminal prosecution at about 1:32 a.m. March 2 at YMCA, 119 Washington St., according to court documents.

Police said Mr. Cox grabbed the vest of and utility belt of Patrolman Michael G. Finster and attempted to pull the officer towards him while being processed in the booking room at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building at about 2:49 a.m. March 2.

He was being held pending arraignment Saturday morning in City Court.