MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities in northwestern Minnesota are asking the public to be on alert following two reports Monday night of a man impersonating a police officer.
The first report was made in Becker County, about 30 miles east of Moorhead. The sheriff’s office says a woman reported being pulled over on County Road 7 near Lake Park by a man driving a white Jeep equipped with blue and white flashing lights.
The woman reported that the man, who appeared between 25 and 30 years old, told her she had a broken tail light. He asked to see her identification and told her to get out of the car.
When the woman noticed he wasn’t wearing a proper uniform, only a black jacket with a radio microphone on the lapel, she asked for his law enforcement credentials. He then walked back to his Jeep and drove off.
A similar incident was reported Monday night in Clay County, about 15 miles away, law enforcement officials say.
Authorities are urging drivers to call 911 immediately if they are stopped by someone they suspect is impersonating an officer.
Anyone with information on the man driving the Jeep is asked to call the Becker County Sheriff’s Office at 219-847-2661.