RUSH COUNTY — Police are warning drivers to be alert after a woman claims she was pulled over and ordered out of her vehicle by a man impersonating a police officer.
The Rush County Sheriff's Department says the woman reported the incident in the early morning hours of June 6.
She told police she was stopped by a dark-colored vehicle displaying red lights in the area of County Road 600 East and State Road 44 and a man, not in uniform, approached her car. The unknown male then told the woman why he had stopped her and ordered her out of her vehicle. The woman said she asked to see the man's identification and he showed her "some sort of badge" on his belt, but the woman told police it appeared fake.
The woman did not get out of her vehicle and the man tried to order her to get out, but the woman drove away from the area.
"Citizens should be aware that for an Indiana law enforcement officer to conduct a traffic stop for an infraction, that officer must be wearing a complete and proper uniform or must be in a complete and proper marked police vehicle," the sheriff's department said in a press release.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, call your local police department using 911.
If anyone has any information about this possible police impersonator in Rush County contact the Rush County Sheriff's Department at 765-932-2931.