Woman claims driver posed as cop

May 21, 2010 8:31:21 PM PDT
A Fayetteville woman says she was "blue lighted" by an unmarked vehicle in the area of Old Wilmington Road and Eastern Boulevard. The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, says it happened in Fayetteville Wednesday around 2 a.m.

The vehicle was described as a dark blue Chevrolet Blazer with three blue lights on the front dash.

Police say the woman continued to drive as she called 911.

"Yes ma'am, isn't it the law that if I'm by myself and its dark I don't have to pull over until I get some place well lit," said the driver to a 911 dispatcher. "He just came up out of nowhere."

The 911 dispatcher did not have any record of a Fayetteville police officer attempting to make a traffic stop in that area and dispatched a marked unit to the scene.

Click here to listen to the radio call to police

"I tapped my brakes over and over to let him know I see him, and he keeps coming up almost like he's going to hit my back bumper and I flash my interior lights," said the driver to a 911 dispatcher. "I don't want to pull over on this road."

According to the woman the fake cop grew brazenly impatient. She say he pulled up beside her while she was still on the phone and rolled down his window.

"And then he screamed real loud, 'pull over right now,' and he was so angry and I was scared and I ? at that point I thought I had really taken it too far."

At that point another dispatcher instructed the woman to keep driving until eventually the real police met her.

"Then it kind of dawned on me, 'oh my God, maybe this isn't a real cop,'" said the driver to a 911 dispatcher.

The dispatcher stayed in contact with the woman and directed her to a well-lit parking lot on Eastern Boulevard.

When police arrived, one officer checked on the woman, while other officers canvassed the area for the suspect. Unfortunately, the suspect could not be located.

The suspect is described as a middle-aged white man with short hair.

Authorities say if you have any concerns about the identity of a police officer, consider these safety tips:

  • Look for obvious signs, such as a marked police car and some type of police uniform.

  • If you're still not sure, ask to see the officer's credentials.

  • You can call 911 to verify that a police officer is actually the person stopping you - that is especially suggested if you are stopped by an unmarked car and the officer is NOT in uniform. Many traffic officers drive unmarked cars, but should be in uniform.

  • Pull over in a well lit area and if you have to travel some distance to get to that area, put on your flashers, call 911 and let the dispatcher know what you are doing.

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