Authorities warn of police impersonator

UPDATE – 3:27 p.m. March 29 

A third incident involving a police impersonator conducting a traffic stop has now surfaced, according to a Hays County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The latest incident occurred March 27 when deputies responded to a Impersonating a Public Servant call at 8:30 p.m.

A male motorist, who was not identified, informed authorities he was traveling on FM 2001 near Windy Hill Road when a pickup truck, which had begun to follow him, activated red and blue emergency lights.

The motorist said he thought he was being pulled over for a traffic stop, according to the release. The motorist said he thought he had been stopped by a peace officer, but he promptly drove away when he saw the suspect, who was wearing shorts and a t-shirt at the time of the stop. The truck did not follow the motorist, according to the release.

The suspect is described as a white male standing approximately 5’9″ tall with a medium build and medium length dark hair. The suspect was wearing shorts and a t-shirt at the time of the stop.

Anyone with information relating to this incident should call the Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512.393.7896.

EARLIER 

Hays County Sheriff’s Office officials are warning residents of a possible police impersonator who conducted illicit traffic stops on at least two residents in the Kyle area last week.

According to a Hays County press release, the two reported incidents involved a white or silver Chevrolet pickup truck with damage to the front left quarter panel.

The most recent incident involving a police impersonator took place around midnight Thursday.

A male driver was traveling along FM 2001 near Satterwhite Road east of Buda when a vehicle activated red and blue dashboard lights to pull the driver over.

According to the release, the suspect took a “long time” to exit the pickup truck, causing concern for the complainant.

The suspect then exited the pickup and shined a flashlight in a manner that the complainant took as a command to exit his vehicle.

The man did not see any law enforcement markings on the pickup truck and sped away, according to the release.

The suspect vehicle followed the complainant as he turned on to Goforth Road. When the complainant pulled in to a driveway of a residence, the suspect vehicle drove past him and left the area.

Thursday’s report was the second police impersonator report fielded by law enforcement.

The original incident occurred March 16 at 11:44 p.m., according to a county press release.

A complainant, who was not identified, told authorities she was traveling with a friend on FM 2001 near Goforth Road east of Kyle when a white or silver Chevrolet pickup truck activated red and blue interior lights on their vehicle.

The woman told authorities she thought she was being pulled over by law enforcement in what appeared to be a traffic stop.

However, she said she and her friend observed a male suspect wearing all black clothing exit the truck.

The woman drove off in fear they were not being stopped by law enforcement, the release said. The suspect initially began following them but stopped after she made a turn off of FM 2001.

The occupants of the vehicle thought they observed a second subject in the pickup truck.

Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler offered several tips for citizens who may be unsure of the legitimacy of a law enforcement traffic stop by an unmarked vehicle.

Drivers should activate a vehicle’s emergency flashers in order to alert officers they are aware of their presence. The driver should then proceed to the nearest lighted area following the posted speed limit, Cutler said.

Citizens may also call 911 to advise dispatch of their concerns and where the stop is taking place.

All officers are required to carry official identification cards and can be requested to produce them to ensure citizens they are peace officers, Cutler said.

Anyone with information regarding the police impersonator should call the Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512-393-7896 and speak with the Criminal Investigations Division. Citizens can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-324-8477.

What can you do to ensure you’re in a real traffic stop?

  • Activate flashers. Officers will be alerted that the driver is aware of their presence
  • Proceed to the nearest lighted area. Be sure to follow the posted speed limit
  • Ask for an officers identification card. All peace officers are required to carry an official ID card.
  • Call 911. Those who are concerned can also contact emergency dispatchers of their concerns and where the stop is taking place.

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