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Police looking for man impersonating a police officer

VERSAILLES, Indiana (FOX19) - According to police, a person is impersonating a police officer.

Police said that the suspected driving a black Dodge Charger used red and blue emergency lights to do a traffic stop. The victim was released without incident.

According to police, the woman who was pulled over described the man as a white male, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 280 to 300 pounds. He was also described as have in a goatee with a tattoo of letters on the left side of his neck. He was wearing tan pants, dark brown jacket, and a light brown baseball cap.

According to Indiana state code, an officer who is driving in an unmarked car must be wearing a uniform and have a badge or have another law enforcement office on hand to make the traffic stop. According to the law, officers who are in a marked car and wearing civilian clothing are allowed to make a traffic stop.

Police gave these tips if you are not certain about the person who is attempting to stop you:

  • Stop in a well lighted and populated area.
  • Lock your doors and only roll your window down enough so you can communicate (one or two inches).
  • Ask for the officer's identification even if he is wearing a shirt that simply says "Police" or "Sheriff" on it.  This does not qualify as a "distinctive uniform and a badge of authority."
  • Do not leave your vehicle unless you are sure the person is a legitimate officer.
  • Call 911 and give the dispatcher your location.
  • If you are still concerned about stopping, drive the speed limit with the emergency flashers on to attract attention. Proceed safely to a location where you feel comfortable or until you observe a second police car.

Anyone with any information on the suspect accused of impersonating a police officer is asked to call Indiana State Police Versailles Post at 812-689-5000 or 800-566-6704.

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