Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 25, 2014

Driver reports being stopped by police impersonator

A STAFF REPORT
THE GOSHEN NEWS

ELKHART — A driver said she was pulled over by someone impersonating a police officer Monday night.

The incident occurred on C.R. 17 at the U.S. 20 Bypass interchange around 10:15 p.m. According to Elkhart County police, the driver said she was pulled over by a white male driving a small white passenger car. The victim said she saw a red and white flashing light coming from the impersonator’s car.

The driver told police that after she was stopped, a white male wearing baggy blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt, hood up, approached her and indicated he had stopped her for speeding. The victim asked him to show his police identification, which he could not produce, and she immediately drove away while calling 911.

Police said the impersonator fled the area before officers arrived at the scene.

Elkhart County police said that in the state of Indiana, a law enforcement officer initiating a traffic stop will be in a fully marked police vehicle with red and blue flashing lights. If the police vehicle is not fully marked (without a police sticker package), the vehicle will still have red and blue flashing lights and the officer will be in a uniform properly identifying themselves as a law enforcement officer. If motorists question the legitimacy of the person stopping them, they should ask for proper identification and immediately contact 911 if there is any doubt. If at all possible, police report, stop in well-lit sections of the roadway.

Investigators request anyone having information regarding the Monday incident to text “ECSDTip” and their tip to 847411. Tips can also be submitted online at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com or on the sheriff’s department Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ecsdnews. People without access to the Internet or texting can call 574-533-4151 with the information.