Woman Claims Man Impersonated Officer

A sampling of Montgomery Police Department's unmarked vehicles.
A sampling of Montgomery Police Department's unmarked vehicles.

We see them on the streets everyday, out fighting crime and upholding the law.

While being pulled over can be stressful--to say the least--imagine what would happen if someone was pretending to be one of Montgomery's finest.

That's what one woman says she experienced Saturday night on Vaughn Road in East Montgomery.

Reports say a man in a dark SUV with a blue light inside his car pulled the woman over.

"There were several things that this subject did that she realized and felt like were innappropriate," explained Lieutenant Keith Barnett of the Montgomery Police Department.

It's a harrowing thought, residents say, when you can't tell the difference between the good guys and the criminals.

"We won't know whether to pull over or just keep going," said Harold Murphy, a Montgomery resident.

"You want to do the right thing and stop for an officer and you [could] wind up getting mugged," explained Charles Taylor, also from Montgomery.

There are some tell-tale signs, however, Montgomery police officers don't just have a single blue light in their cars.

Each vehicle authorized for traffic stops has a siren and a series of lights attached to the grille of the car.

"It's for the officer's safety as well as the civilian's safety.   A single dash light is not enough light to provide safety in order to do a safe traffic stop," Barnett said.

If you do have any doubts about the person pulling you over, authorities say it's perfectly fine to pick up the phone.

"Call 9-1-1.  You can ask for the dispatcher to confirm it's a law enforcement officer pulling you over," Barnett explained.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke