Alcoa police looking for police impersonator

Alcoa police looking for police impersonator

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The woman was pulled over near this intersection. The woman was pulled over near this intersection.
"Tell the operator where you are at and that somebody, possibly law enforcement is trying to pull you over," said Lt. Carswell. "They can quickly verify the officer, the agency, and that it's a legitimate traffic stop." "Tell the operator where you are at and that somebody, possibly law enforcement is trying to pull you over," said Lt. Carswell. "They can quickly verify the officer, the agency, and that it's a legitimate traffic stop."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - Alcoa police are looking for a man that a witness said pulled her over and attempted to fine her for speeding.

On Wednesday night around 10:30 p.m., a woman was driving on Hunt Road near Armona Road in Alcoa.

"She noticed a vehicle behind her that was making use of the blue light and was flashing it's headlights as to indicate for her to pull over," said Alcoa Police Lt. David Carswell.

Assuming it was a police officer, she pulled over.

A clean shaven, white man with short, dark hair, cargo-style pants and a black shirt approached her car and asked to see her license and registration.

The man did not identify himself as a law enforcement officer.

"She did not notice a duty belt, a badge, a firearm," said Lt. Carswell. "He did not even have a flashlight."

The man took the license and registration back to his car, which appeared to be a gray Chevrolet Camero or Dodge Charger.

When he returned to the woman's car, he said he stopped her for speeding and told her she would be receiving a ticket.

He then asked whether she'd prefer to pay her fine now or later.

The woman said she would pay later, at which time the man said he would just give her a verbal warning and gave her back her driver's license and registration.

The woman thanked the man and asked him to identify himself, which he did not do.

Blount County 911 and the Tennessee Highway Patrol did not have a record of a traffic stop matching the description of the incident.

The Alcoa Police Department is asking anyone with a similar encounter to call police and report it.

Police say if you are being signaled to pull over by an unknown vehicle, blink your lights or turn on your interior lights and wave to acknowledge the officer.

Then, wait to pull over until you have found a well-lit area or an area where other people or cars are present.

If you have a cell phone, you are asked to call 911.

"Tell the operator where you are at and that somebody, possibly law enforcement is trying to pull you over," said Lt. Carswell. "They can quickly verify the officer, the agency, and that it's a legitimate traffic stop."

Alcoa police also want to remind citizens that they do not collect traffic citations at the time and location of a traffic stop.

People who live in the area where the woman was pulled over are concerned.

"It's kind of scary," said neighbor Sandra Lammert. "You trust the police when he pulls you over. You assume you're supposed to stop and pull over so you don't get into trouble."

Many said they will be on the look out for the impersonator.

"I will be part of the neighborhood watch," said neighbor Samuel Hayes.

Lt. Carswell says this is the only incident of the police impersonator that has been reported so far.

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