Man posing as police officer sought in Sampson County


Sheriff deputies say they don't know who was behind the blue lights that pulled Glenda Hamilton over Sunday night.

"That man had lights on his car like the law," said Hamilton. "When he pulled me over, he just asked me a question."

The stop was along North Pine Street in Roseboro, not far from Hamilton's home. She says the man didn't identify himself, or show her a badge.

"He didn't show me nothing. He didn't have no handcuffs," said Hamilton. "He had a cell phone and a pager. That's all he had."

Hamilton says the man was driving a gray Dodge Charger, which is similar to the unmarked cars that the Sampson County Sheriff's Department uses. However, Capt. Eric Pope says so far deputies have not been able to identify the car or the man.

"We have been unable to confirm if it was an officer from another agency," said Pope. "It was not a Sampson County Sheriff's deputy."

Last October, deputies arrested Mathew Arelleno in connection with two blue light bandit reports. So far, deputies don't think there is a link between those incidents and this latest one.

As a precaution, Pope says deputies are now on the lookout for the suspect car, and he says there is a certain protocol that officers in unmarked cars are supposed to use.

"Unmarked vehicles are supposed to sound a siren," said Pope. "That's a safety feature that's built in to state law, so they sound the siren in order for you to pull over."

Authorities say if you are unsure about a traffic stop, slow down, turn on your hazard lights and drive to a well-lit or populate area. You can also call 911 or *HP.

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