LAKE PARK, Minn. — A man impersonating a law enforcement officer apparently forced a woman to pull over in her vehicle on Monday night in northwestern Minnesota as she thought he was a real cop.
Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander said the woman was northbound on County Road 7 north of Lake Park when a vehicle in front of her activated white and blue lights in the rear window of what she described as a newer white Jeep.
Believing she was getting stopped by a law officer, she pulled over.
The man in the Jeep approached the driver’s side of her vehicle and told her she had a broken taillight. He asked her for identification and also to step out of her vehicle to look at the broken light, the sheriff said.
She thought the man didn’t look like a law officer, so she asked if she could see his law enforcement credentials.
The man then went back to his vehicle and left the scene.
She described the man as 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall with a goatee beard and wearing a black winter hat and a dark jacket. She said he appeared to have a radio microphone on the lapel of his jacket.
Glander said that if anyone has any information on the identification of the driver or the vehicle, or has had a similar incident happen to them, to contact the sheriff’s office at 218-847-2661.
The sheriff also said if a person believes they are being stopped by someone who is not a law enforcement officer to call 911 immediately and report the incident.