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Released: 5/19/2010 Who do I contact?
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Citizen Thwarts Police Impersonator

 The Fayetteville Police Department commends the actions of a local woman for following safety protocol when she was “blue lighted” by an unmarked vehicle in the area of Old Wilmington Road and Eastern Boulevard.  The suspect vehicle was described as a Dark Blue Chevrolet Blazer with three blue lights on the front dash. 

Utilizing textbook tactics, the complainant continued to drive as she called 911.  The 911 dispatcher did not have any record of a Fayetteville Police Officer attempting to make a traffic stop in that area and dispatched a marked unit to the scene.   The dispatcher stayed in contact with the complainant and directed her to a well-lit parking lot on Eastern Boulevard. 

Upon police arrival, one officer made contact with the complainant, while other officers canvassed the area for the suspect.  Unfortunately, the suspect could not be located.  The suspect is described as a middle-aged white male with short hair. If you have any concerns about the identity of a police officer, please consider these safety tips;  

  • Look for obvious signs, such as a marked police car and some type of police uniform
  • If you’re still not sure, ask to see the officer's credentials
  • You can call 911 to verify that a police officer is actually the person stopping you
  • I would definitely suggest this if you are stopped by an unmarked car and the officer is NOT in uniform
  • Many traffic officers drive unmarked cars, but should be in uniform
  • Pull over in a well lit area and if you have to travel some distance to get to that area, put on your flashers, call 911 and let the dispatcher know what you are doing.
 

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