Police: Man impersonated officer


Police continue to look for a man claiming to be a police officer who reportedly pulled over a woman early Sunday morning in far western Jackson County.

The woman was not injured in the incident and managed to get away from the man after becoming suspicious of his activities, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman told a county dispatcher that the incident began as she drove west on U.S. 50 near the Jackson County line with Lawrence County when she noticed flashing strobe lights behind her.

The woman said she pulled over and a male wearing a gray sweatshirt with a hood stopped and approached her vehicle. The man was driving a red-colored truck.

The man identified himself as an officer with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and said he had pulled her over for speeding. The woman told police the man did not have a badge and was not wearing a uniform.

He then told her to keep driving a little farther to find a safe place to pull over.

At that point, the woman said she drove away and decided not to stop because she was suspicious of the man and his activity.

The man later drove around her vehicle and continued west into Lawrence County.

She said he had short hair, buggy eyes and a skinny face.

Jackson County Officer Mark Holt and Reserve Officer Kevin Settles responded to the report and searched the area but were not able to find a vehicle matching the description given by the woman. Lawrence County police assisted with that search.

Anyone with information about the man involved in the incident, can call the sheriff’s department at 812-358-2141.

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