State police warn drivers about possible police impersonator on I-65

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LAKE COUNTY, Ind. (Feb. 9, 2016) – Indiana State police issued a warning about a possible police impersonator after a woman was stopped on the interstate by a black, unmarked SUV.

It happened around 5:50 p.m. Sunday on I-65 southbound north of the 109th Street exit in Lake County. The woman said a man driving a black SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer, pulled her over for speeding, telling her that her speed was “unacceptable.”

The man didn’t identify himself. He was white, about 50 years old with grayish hair and a medium build. He was also clean-shaven, the woman recalled. He wore a black battle dress uniform with no identifying patches and may have had a bulletproof vest under his shirt. The vehicle had blue and red lights on the dashboard.

The woman handed him her license and he went back to his SUV, sitting for about 30 seconds before driving off. The woman didn’t get the license plate number and immediately called her husband and Indiana State Police.

Anyone who was in the area on Sunday, Feb. 7, around that time should contact Indiana State Police Trooper Danielle Elwood at 219-696-6242.

According to Indiana State Police, state law prohibits officers who aren’t wearing official uniforms from making traffic stops in unmarked vehicles. Officers can make traffic stops in civilian clothes if they’re driving a fully marked unit.