Porter County police warn to be aware of fake cops
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent May 6, 2013 11:58AM
Updated: May 6, 2013 8:36PM
PORTER COUNTY -- Anyone who suspects a phony cop is trying to pull them over should call 911 immediately, police said after learning such an incident reportedly happened between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Saturday on North Calumet Avenue.
No local agencies, including Indiana State Police, had a record of the stop.
The driver did not contact police until more than an hour after the fake traffic stop, which prevented officers from trying to locate the culprit while he may have still been in the area.
A 34-year-old Valparaiso woman was traveling just north of Valparaiso, near the 49er Drive-In, when emergency lights turned on in a gray passenger car she had passed.
She pulled over and a short-haired man wearing a sweatshirt came up to her window, she later told police.
The woman said the man told her he should take her “straight to jail for reckless driving and speeding,” but after taking her driver’s license back to his vehicle, he returned and let her go, saying he was giving her a break.
Afterward, the woman realized the man was not wearing a uniform and there were no markings on the car; she also could not remember him identifying himself or his department, so she contacted the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.