Police Searching for Cop Impersonator
A woman told the Paulding County Sheriff's Office that a car with flashing blue lights pulled her over on Hitchcock Road, but the suspect didn't appear to have police identification.
Paulding authorities are asking for help in finding a suspect who allegedly stopped a car on Hitchcock Road shortly after midnight this morning using flashing blue lights.
The suspect’s vehicle is described as having a dark color and looking like an unmarked police car, according to a release from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. He is described as a black male, roughly 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3, and having a stocky build.
The victim told police that she pulled over when she saw the lights behind her. The suspect’s vehicle pulled around her and stopped in front, turning off the blue lights, which were placed in the front and back windows.
The suspect approached wearing a dark, long-sleeve jumpsuit and asked for her driver’s license. The victim said there was no badge or nametag visible on his clothing.
The suspect asked her to get out of her car. She instead asked him to follow her to a public parking lot before getting out.
The suspect again asked her to get out before saying “nevermind” and leaving the area.
Anyone with information about this case or who has had contact with the suspect is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 770-443-3010. If you feel like you are being stopped by this suspect, police say to dial 911 immediately.
It isn’t uncommon for unmarked vehicles to conduct traffic stops, the release says.
“It is OK to slow down and proceed to the nearest lighted parking lot to stop,” Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge says in the release. “Dial 911 and ask the dispatcher if the vehicle behind you is in fact a police officer.”
The release continues: “Remember to slow down and activate your hazard lights if you decide to proceed to a lighted parking lot or call 911 before stopping. This will signal to the officer behind you that you are not trying to flee.”