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Police issue warning about impersonator
The Chase RCMP are informing the public of two incidents involving a man, alleged to be impersonating a police officer, and conducting traffic stops, in the Pritchard area.
Both incidents happened early Wednesday, Aug. 28 and were reported to the Chase RCMP. The drivers were not physically injured in either incident; however, one driver was yelled at by the suspect.
About 4:40 a.m., westbound on Highway #1 near the Highway #97 overpass, the victim driver was pulled over by a man who presented himself as a police officer.
The suspect was driving a dark mid-sized sedan with a flashing red-blue strobe light on the dash. The man appeared to be in his early 20s, was unshaven and had a nose ring.
He was wearing plain clothes, a toque and black cotton gloves, and kept shining a flashlight in the driver’s face.
The suspect asked for the victim’s driver’s licence, and began yelling and swearing as the driver searched for the licence. The suspect then returned to his vehicle, which allowed the victim to call police. The suspect returned to the victim and handed back the driver’s licence, before heading east toward Pritchard. It was noted that a portion of the driver’s-side head light may be burned out. Chase RCMP came and conducted patrols but did not locate the suspect.
A second incident was reported less than three hours later, about 7:20 a.m., again westbound on Highway #1 near Pritchard. The suspect vehicle had a similar description. However it was described as possibly a Dodge Dart, with emergency lights seen only above the rear-view mirror.
The suspect told the victim that his car matched the description of a vehicle recently involved in a situation. The suspect asked for and obtained the victim’s driver’s licence and insurance, and then returned those documents.
“The RCMP reviewed records, and confirmed neither incident involved an actual police officer.
We have had similar isolated incidents that have occurred in the past in different regions of the province. In both cases, the victim drivers took the appropriate actions by immediately contacting 911 to report the incident,” stated Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
Drivers can take precautions when stopped by an individual whom they believe may not be a police officer.
The Chase RCMP are continuing their investigation into these incidents and ask that drivers in the area remain vigilant and report anything similarly suspicious to the Chase RCMP or their local police services.
If anyone identifies themselves as a police officer and makes unusual or inappropriate requests, the public should: • Request to see identification or other proof that they are in fact a police officer. • Ask the officer to have a marked police vehicle respond. • Advise the officer that you are going to call 9-1-1 to confirm the officer’s identity.
The public should know that no police officer will ever have reason to request money from a member of the public.