The St. Francis County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a fake cop in Arkansas after a 17-year-old was reportedly pulled over Feb. 23 near Caldwell by someone posing as a police officer.
The teen gave a vague description of the man who pulled her over Saturday night on Highway 1 near Caldwell. She said the suspect was a white man between 25-30 in age and in an unmarked, white car with blue lights blazing from the dashboard of the car.
Detective Heath Reynolds said this is something his sheriff's office taking seriously and that residents should be conscious of who is pulling them over.
"No badge, no flash light. She never saw a pistol," Det. Reynolds said. "She reportedly asked him, 'Did I do anything wrong?.' He replied to her, 'No, I just wanted to see who was in this car.' He asked her several other questions, who are you, where are you going, who are your parents?"
After answering all of the "poser lawman's" questions, the teen was able to drive away, unharmed. However, Det. Reynolds is concerned that this fake cop could strike again, which is why he's asking the public to be careful and make sure you're pulling over only for law enforcement.
"If you have any doubts at all, continue on your way to a well-lit area, a public place, a parking lot, convenience station, store, anywhere where there would be people around," he said.
Det. Reynolds also suggests calling 9-1-1, or the law enforcement agency that is pulling you over at the time. He says dispatch should be able to let you know if the officer who's pulling you over is legit.
"Say, 'Hey, I'm on such and such street and I'm in such and such vehicle and I'm getting pulled over. I just want to verify that I am getting pulled over.'"
Impersonating a police officer in the State of Arkansas is a felony.
If you have any information that can help, call the St. Francis County Sheriff's Office at 870-633-2611 or the Arkansas State Police at 870-633-1454.