Lebanon Reporter

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April 29, 2014

Possible police impersonator stops motorist

A man apparently impersonating a police officer stopped a woman on Indiana 75 just south of Advance about 5 a.m. Monday, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man, who was driving a dark-colored Ford Crown Victoria, with a red and blue dash light, told the woman he had stopped her for speeding, and she needed to come back to his vehicle, BCSO Det. Mike Beard said in a press release.

After the woman asked him to call another officer, the suspect left the scene, Beard said. The woman reported the incident to the Boone County Communications center.

Dispatchers verified that neither Hendricks nor Montgomery county officers were in the area, Beard said.

The suspect was a white mail about 6 feet tall, with dark, short hair, wearing dark clothing, Beard said. The woman told dispatchers she did not see anything on the man’s clothing identifying him as a police officer.A police officer must be in full uniform or in a fully-marked police car, in order to stop a motorist, Sheriff Ken Campbell said in a press release.“When being stopped by law enforcement please reduce your speed, pull over to a lighted area if possible, and roll your window down,” Campbell said. “If you feel suspicious in any way, lock your doors and only roll your window down partially, and ask the officer for his ID or another police unit if needed.”Motorists may call police dispatchers to verify they are being stopped by an officer, Campbell said.

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