Thursday morning (08/13/20), a female reported to LaPorte County Sheriff Deputy Austin Epple that she had been stopped by a male subject operating what was thought to be a police vehicle while traveling along US 20. The female advised she observed a light-colored Ford Focus or Toyota Prius traveling behind her with red and blue flashing lights. She turned onto Range Road and stopped her vehicle.
A white male, approximately 6’0”- 6’02” tall, wearing a black T-shirt, black pants, a plain black baseball cap and a mask bearing the logo of the Michigan City Police Department exited the vehicle and made contact with her. After briefly communicating with the subject, she believed him to be a police impersonator. She refused to provide the subject with any of the requested documents. The male returned to his vehicle and left the area traveling westbound on US 20, police said.
If anyone has further information related to the subject or vehicle he was operating, you are asked to email Deputy Epple (email@example.com).
Indiana Code requires all police officers to either be in uniform or driving a marked police vehicle to initiate a traffic stop. If a motorist becomes suspicious and thinks they are being or have been stopped by someone who is impersonating a police officer, they are encouraged to immediately call 911.