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Posted: August 26, 2009 12:01 a.m.

Man pretends to be an officer by using car lights

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man who reportedly pulled a woman over on Interstate 20 by impersonating an officer.

According to reports, at around 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18, a woman was pulled over just before exit 98 by a man in a silver Ford Crown Victoria with lightly tinted windows. The woman reportedly told investigators that the vehicle didn’t have any "police markings" but did have blue lights on the front dash and back window.

The woman allegedly told investigators that a white male with dirty blonde hair, roughly 185 pounds and six-foot two-inches tall exited the car and walked up to her vehicle after she pulled over on the side of the road.

He reportedly wore a camouflage uniform shirt with a Georgia State Trooper patch on the front left side of the chest but no nametag, khaki pants and black boots. He reportedly asked for her license and she handed it to him. He allegedly asked the woman why she had been speeding and where she was headed.

The woman reportedly told investigators that she told him she did not mean to speed and that she would slow down. She allegedly said her comment caused the man to laugh, and he walked back to his vehicle laughing and drove off with her license.

According to NCSO Cpl. Anthony Washington, a BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued immediately after the woman reported the incident to the NCSO and extra patrol was placed on her residence.

"The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is very concerned for the safety of the general public when individuals portray themselves as a law enforcement deputy," said Washington. "We would like to assure the public that everything that can is being done to apprehend this individual."

If an unmarked vehicle is attempting to stop a vehicle, that person can call 911 on a cell phone to make sure the vehicle behind them is a law enforcement official before stopping.

Anyone with information about this individual is asked to contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1401 or to visit the Web site at www.newtoncountysheriffga.org. All tips can be left anonymously.

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