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Man Posing as Law Enforcement Pulls Over Woman

Posted February 22, 2008

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— A man posing as a law-enforcement officer pulled over a woman driving in Halifax County, the sheriff's office confirmed Thursday.

A woman told police that a burgundy Nissan Altima with a blue light pulled her over while she was driving on Justice Branch Road between Halifax and Enfield around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A man wearing clothing with the letters "FBI" on the pocket got out of the Nissan and approached her car, the woman told deputies. The man had a brief conversation with the woman before telling her he wouldn't give her a ticket and cautioning her to be careful.

The man saw that children were in the car before leaving and getting back in the Nissan, deputies said.

Investigators determined that the man was not a local law-enforcement officer.

The man was described a white man, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a thin build.

The sheriff's office urged all women to exercise caution if they are pulled over by authorities. All law-enforcement vehicles initiating traffic stops are equipped with blue lights and sirens, they said.

Anyone who feels as though they are being stopped by anyone other than a genuine officer should ask to call 911 to verify the officer's identity. At night time, deputies recommend stopping near a street light, so you can observe the approaching officer.

If anyone knows of a person with access to the kind of vehicle that stopped the woman or who matches the description, please call the Halifax County Sheriffs Office at 252-583-1991 or Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444.

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  • busyb97 Feb 22, 2008

    Not saying that the news story is 100% accurate, but it says it happened around 11:30 AM...not at night. Who thinks that a so-called cop making a traffic stop in the middle of the day is up to no good? Your first instinct is to stop for the flashing light(s). Until reading these comments, I have NEVER heard that a legit traffic stop requires lights AND siren. And I don't know how much trust in 911 over cell phone I'd have. We've called 911 on a cell once when following a Drunk driver. The operator didn't have a clue where we were...we gave EXACT location of major hwy, street, county- and she still didn't know and patched us to that county's sheriff. It was really scary how incompetent they were. I've had better luck when I know the area police numbers (*DP I know is Durham, and *CP for Cary I think?) They at least know where the heck you are! Check your areas for the local police dispatch numbers.

  • RonnieR Feb 22, 2008

    Gosh, the laws say what the LEO has to do in order to legally
    stop a car that they have probable cause to stop. Technicality,
    for sure, but a lotta folks walk on a technicallity and also win
    civil suits on technical violations. ratherbnnc, what would one be legally arrested for, if one followed what I had written?

    LEOs have it easier today, back when I was working, a citizen had a right to use all force up to, and including deadly force, to
    resist an illegal arrest, so we had to be on our P and Qs. The
    GA changed that law in late 1990s, to say that citizens must submit to any arrest peaceably and argue it in court. I think
    that was good change, unlike their elimination of the outlaw statue, but that is a whole 'nother story.

  • ratherbnnc Feb 22, 2008

    Thank you thinkb4uspeak...I mean, duh?
    tarheelturtle

    HAHA Too Funny! and the same goes for alot of the posts here! :)

  • TarheelTurtle Feb 22, 2008

    Thank you thinkb4uspeak...I mean, duh?

  • Thinkb4uspeak Feb 22, 2008

    She should have asked herself, "HMMMMMM Why is the FBI making a traffic stop? When did the Federal Bureau of Investigations start giving tickets?. I haven't read any comments about that one yet.

  • TarheelTurtle Feb 22, 2008

    Something(notsurewhat)2say: Hard to tell in the dark? It was 11:30AM, that means in the morning...And it wasn't lightS, plural, it was light, singular. Be honest, when is the last time you saw a Law Enforcement Officer of any kind, including Postal Inspectors, driving a foreign car, with ONE light...really? Being aware was *exactly* what I said.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 22, 2008

    "If they don't sound a siren outside the corporate limits or it an unmarked NCSHP car at night and they don't sound a siren, then there is no obligation to stop. "

    No motorist is obligated to stop anywhere in the state if there is no siren. It doesn't matter where you are, it doesn't matter if the sun is shining, it doesn't matter if it's dark, it doesn't matter if it's SHP in an unmarked car. Again, that law gives officers the authority to stop cars, it doesn't have anything to do with regulating when motorists HAVE to stop.

  • ratherbnnc Feb 22, 2008

    ookie, I was trying to help you out. If they don't sound a siren outside the corporate limits or it an unmarked NCSHP car at night and they don't sound a siren, then there is no obligation to stop. If you could understand what I was writing you'd see that I was backing up your position.

    In the instant case, no siren was apparently sounded, therefore the woman could have gone on about her business without stopping as she was in unincorporated part of Halifax County.
    wa4mjf

    Be wary of certain advice! You will certainly have your rear under arrest and hauled to jail!!

  • RonnieR Feb 22, 2008

    ookie, I was trying to help you out. If they don't sound a
    siren outside the corporate limits or it an unmarked NCSHP car
    at night and they don't sound a siren, then there is no obligation to stop. If you could understand what I was writing you'd see that I was backing up your position.

    In the instant case, no siren was apparently sounded, therefore the woman could have gone on about her business without stopping
    as she was in unincorporated part of Halifax County.

  • RonnieR Feb 22, 2008

    Well, that was back in the 1970s and early 1980s. There was a
    Charles Jones that was a Hertford County Deputy Sheriff toward the latter part of my stay in Ahoskie.

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