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Police Offer Safety Tips for Imposter Encounters

Posted February 3, 1997

— The Wayne County Sheriff's department is warning drivers to be cautious -- there's a man in the area pretending to be an officer.

Authorities say that on Friday a man driving a light-colored full-sized sedan with blue lights in the grille pulled over another driver in eastern Wayne County, and then stabbed him.

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders says this type of crime creates a very difficult situation for real law officers, as well as for drivers in general.

Driver Cynthia Jarman says it makes her scared to be on the road.

There was a similar problem in the area between Raleigh and Durham a couple of years ago. Police say they have taken this type of crime, and motorists' fear of it, very seriously ever since.

There are, they say, things you can do to stay safe if you are pulled over by an unmarked car.

  • Turn on hazard lights and continue driving until you reach a well-lit, public area.
  • Stay inside your vehicle with the doors locked.
  • Always ask for identification.

    Police say a real law officer will respect your concern.

    The assailant is described as a black male, between the ages of 25 and 35, weighing more than 200 pounds, and over 6 feet tall. At the time, he was wearing a dark blue or black police uniform. Police now have a composite drawing of the suspect.

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