Man impersonating officer pulls young woman over with car trouble


by Gene Kang

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 24 at 7:40 AM

BROWNSTOWN, Ind. (WHAS11) – Someone is driving around Brownstown pretending they are a police officer.

It happened next to the Brownstown Police Department. The Chief in Brownstown says they do not know the man's intentions or if he could be dangerous.

"It's getting gutsy. You never know if someone is dealing with mental illness," said Brownstown Police Chief, Tom Hanner.

Some residents are worried because it appears as though the local police force has grown although police confirm that it did not.

"It's serious business. If he's a murderer or whatever; pull them over, easy grab," said Donna Lee, a Brownstown resident.

"Sounds like he's got a problem; a lot bigger problem when they catch him," said another Brownstown resident, Carl Raby.

A young woman, in her teens, had car trouble and was pulled over Saturday afternoon on Walnut Street. Blue lights were flashing from an unmarked black and white Crown Victoria. She got out of her car thinking he was an officer.

"No duty gear, no patches, no badge. At some point they had a conversation that he stopped her because of her driving behavior," said Hanner.

Chief Hanner added that this is not the first time someone has impersonated one of his own. But he suggests that if you don't see red or blue lights, a clearly marked vehicle or a uniform, consider driving away or at least ask to see the person's badge when they come up to your vehicle.

Indiana State Police, county sheriff and surrounding area officers are on the lookout for a man described as 6' - 6'2" tall, 180 to 200 lbs, and blonde/brown hair with a buzz cut. The suspect was last seen wearing a white short-sleeve shirt with black buttons and black pants.

Police say call 911 if you spot this man and do not approach him.