Investigators looking for police impersonator in Chesterfield

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Police are looking for a man who was pretending to be one of their own. Authorities say someone impersonating a police officer pulled over a woman Tuesday afternoon on Robious Road -- near Salisbury.

Police say the suspect drove a silver SUV or station wagon. The woman remembers a clean cut man in his thirties wearing a brown polo shirt. She told police he also appeared to have a badge and a side arm.

"He approached the car, basically started talking about, telling her, 'you know why I'm stopping you' and at some point asked her to exit the vehicle," said Lt. Chris Hensley, Chesterfield Police.

That's when police say the woman became suspicious and refused to get out of her car. She then told police the man must have been scared, because he quickly got back in his vehicle and drove off.

The entire incident just lasted minutes and it happened in broad daylight during lunch hour. Investigators say, this is a completely isolated incident.

"It's actually very rare; this is an isolated incident that we have no other reports of at this time," said Hensley.

No other reports of a police impersonator now, but investigators worry this man could try and target someone again.

"It hinders us in our duties; we don't want the public afraid of law enforcement, because we are here for them. Any undercover officer will show you their identification when asked or I should say any plain clothes officer will show you their identification," said Hensley.

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