Sheriff searching for suspect impersonating police officer

Published 7:00 am Friday, September 16, 2016

The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information about a man who allegedly posed as a police officer near Pearl River Community College Monday night.
Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said the department received a complaint just after 8 p.m. that a young woman traveling on W. North Street toward campus was pulled over by an unmarked car.
The complainant said that as she passed a red pick-up truck, the unidentified man turned on a police siren, Tucker said.
The woman pulled over to the side of the road and the truck pulled in behind her vehicle, Tucker said.
As the unidentified man approached her vehicle, the woman looked in her rear view mirror and saw a white male dressed in black wearing a baseball cap pulled low over his eyes, Tucker said.
She saw no signs of a badge, uniform or identification and became concerned, so she drove away slowly to evade the man, Tucker said.
The man then got in his truck and passed her on the road before she lost sight of him, Tucker said.
“We have been searching for the truck and any other information of similar incidents,” Tucker said.
The Sheriff’s Department is encouraging women especially to be aware of this suspect, Tucker said.
“We don’t know what this person’s intent was,” he said.
Anyone who does not feel comfortable pulling over for an unmarked vehicle can continue driving to a well-lit or populated area, Tucker said.
“I would understand that and encourage that,” Tucker said.
“If it is an unmarked vehicle, go ahead and dial 911, give a description to dispatch and they can confirm or deny” if the vehicle is with law enforcement.
The department has notified surrounding agencies about the incident, Tucker said.

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