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Fake Cop Reported

BUCKINGHAM — An incident involving a possible police impersonator has been reported to the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25 between Gieseke Road (State Route 788) and Millbrook Country Store at Sheppards (U.S. Route 15 South and State Route 636 intersection), according to a press release from Buckingham Sheriff William G. “Billy” Kidd.

“The female victim stated that a small gray or white car came up behind her on U.S. Route 15 South and displayed a blue and white light. Thinking it was a police officer, she pulled over. A white male wearing black pants and a white shirt with dark brown hair and a full long beard and dark glasses approached her and advised that she had been speeding, to which she replied that she had not been doing so,” cites the release.

“He then advised her that she had a taillight out and asked her to step out of the car. She refused until he could provide identification, at which point the subject cursed and became irate. The subject then grabbed her wrist and attempted to pull her out of the car. The victim fought back and pulled off,” explains the release.

Kidd notes that according to the victim, the subject followed her to the Tuggle Road (Dowdy’s Corner) intersection in Prince Edward County, where he turned off.

“Anyone who might have witnessed this stop or who may have information about this incident is urged to call the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office at 434-969-1772. Also, citizens should bear in mind that police and sheriff’s office vehicles are equipped with a siren and more than one set of alternating blue lights and white strobes. Remember also that you are well within your rights to ask the officer for identification and if you do not feel it is safe to stop in the area where you are, you should proceed at a safe speed to an area where others can witness the stop. If you are in doubt about a stop, call 911 and explain the situation, (and) the dispatcher will let you know what to do,” the release concludes.