The Morehouse Parish Sheriff’’s Office received a phone call shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday from a female motorist claiming she had just been pulled over by a man impersonating a police officer.
“The woman stated a white Crown Victoria was following her with blue lights on the dash,” said Sheriff Mike Tubbs. “A white male got out of the car and walked up to her window. He proceeded to engage in conversation.”
Tubbs said the woman did not see any police identification on the man who was dressed in plain clothing, nor was the car marked.
“The woman felt uncomfortable so she drove away,” Tubbs said. “She did what I would encourage anyone to do and that is, she called 911.”
Tubbs said after investigating the incident with the MPSO and the Bastrop Police Department, they determined that no law official had made the stop.
Tubbs said the law prohibits any vehicle from having red or blue lights on it unless it is a law enforcement unit.
“We had heard there was a rumor going around that this has happened in Arkansas, but we contacted the Ashley County Sheriff’s Department and they don’t have any record of this,” Tubbs said.
Tubbs said residents should take precautions if they are pulled over by an officer of the law.
“Slow down and put on your hazards,” he said. “Call 911 to make sure it is a legitimate stop. If it’s in Morehouse Parish, 911 will have radio contact with all the units.”
Tubbs said they are currently investigating the incident and following up on leads.
“If anyone has any information about this, please call the MPSO [at 281.4141] or the BPD [at 281.1322,]” he said.