Woman in Houston County says man impersonating police officer stopped her

WARNER ROBINS — The Houston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a woman’s report that she was stopped Monday afternoon by a man impersonating a police officer, a sheriff’s investigator says.

The woman told police that she was pulled over on Houston Lake Road and Van Drive about 2:30 p.m. by a man in an unmarked bright silver Crown Victoria that had been following her and had activated a red flashing light after she had pulled over to see who was following her, Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Robert Clark said Tuesday afternoon.

The car was a late 1990s or early 2000s model, he said. The woman described the driver as a clean-cut Hispanic male standing 6-feet-3 inches and weighing 220 pounds with his hair shaved on the sides but thicker on top, Clark said.

The man was wearing a black shirt, black pants and black boots, Clark said.

He did not have a badge, nor did he have any type of police emblem on his clothing, the investigator said. The man also had a gun on his right hip and a magazine pouch on his left hip, according to the report.

The woman told the sheriff’s office that the man asked her where she was going and that she replied with a question on why she was being stopped, Clark said.

The man then asked her if she was involved in drug activity and told her that he was looking for someone driving a car that looked like her car, the investigator said. The man then walked back to his car, came back and released her, according to the report.

Authorities have no reason to doubt the woman’s story and an investigator has been assigned to the case, Clark said. Clark noted that police do not use flashing red lights, which are generally reserved for fire trucks.

If an unmarked vehicle attempts to pull over a motorist and there’s any question about whether the driver is a legitimate police officer, the motorist should acknowledge the driver but also drive to a public place that is well lighted, if it is night time, Clark said. Moreover, if the motorist has a cell phone, he or she should call 911 immediately and verify whether the person is a police officer, the investigator said. An officer will radio 911 that he or she is pulling someone over, he said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact sheriff’s Cpl. Glenn Goodman at 542-2085, or call 542-2000 after business hours.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 923-3109, extension 243.