JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Jefferson County sheriff's officials are asking the public to help identify a police impersonator who pulled over a female driver last month.
The incident happened about 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 near South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Chatfield Avenue.
A woman was driving northbound on Wadsworth Boulevard from C-470 when she was pulled over by what she believed was an unmarked police car, said sheriff's office spokesman Mark Techmeyer. She saw a rotating dome-shaped flashing red light in her rearview mirror, but there were no other emergency lights that a typical police car would have.
A white man in his 30s got out of the car and walked up the woman's driver-side window. The man identified himself as a police officer, and he was wearing black cargo-style pants and a black long-sleeved shirt.
He told her that there was too much traffic on the roadway and tried to direct her to an isolated area nearby, Techmeyer said.
This alarmed the woman because there was no other traffic, and she knew the neighborhood where he wanted her to go was dark and secluded, Techmeyer said.
Fortunately, the woman saw the man for what he was -- a fake cop.
She noticed he didn't have a badge or police-agency patches on his shirt and that he wasn't wearing a police gun belt.
She doubted that he was a real police officer and simply told him, "No.”
The phony cop replied, "Well, okay. Then, I'll give you a warning." He then hurried back to his car and drove northbound, passing her.
The suspect car is described as a large, dark-colored, four-door sedan that did not have a rear license plate. It is suspected that the car may be a Ford Crown Victoria, but that is not confirmed.
The impersonator is described as a white man in his late 30s, with dark brown short hair. He stands about 6-feet tall and has a thin build.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tip-line at 303-271-5612.