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Deputies search for police impersonator
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Deputies search for police impersonator

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Most of us have been pulled over at least once in our years behind the wheel. However, not many of us have been pulled over by an individual posing as an officer.

On May 26, a St. Augustine mother driving with her two small children on SR 207 told investigators she was being followed by a black sedan. The vehicle followed the mother from Interstate 95 and activated what appeared to be white strobe lights around SR 207 and Hilltop Road, according to a release from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

A male driver, wearing black pants and a black shirt with shield type patches outlined in silver on the arms and a logo on the chest, allegedly approached the woman’s car. The suspected police impersonator told the woman he stopped her for speeding, according to the SJSO. The mother claims the man who pulled her over was also wearing a gun belt, but he did not have a gun in the holster.

The police impersonator allegedly asked the victim about items on the floor of her vehicle and confiscated them. While the accused police impersonator went back to his vehicle, the mother drove away and notified SJSO deputies of her encounter.

The woman was able to provide a description of the alleged police impersonator, stating he was a white male in his mid-to-late 20s, with brown hair and blue eyes, according to the SJSO. The victim went on to state the man did not have tattoos nor facial hair and is approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 inches tall and weighs about 210 to 225 pounds.

An investigation is underway and a composite was released today.

The Sheriff’s Office said that official emergency lighting is red and blue in color. If you feel that you are not being pulled over by a deputy or officer, the SJSO offers the following tips:

•             If you do not feel safe, drive normally, do not speed up, obey traffic laws and do not pull over.

•             Call 911, talk to dispatch and verify it is an officer you are dealing with.

•             Pull over in an area where you feel safe or where there are additional deputies.

•             Explain you did not feel safe or thought it was a fake deputy when an officer makes contact.

If you information, please feel free to call Detective Robert Taylor 904-824-8304 or Crime Stoppers 888-277-8477.

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