Authorities in Carroll searching for man impersonating police

January 08, 2004|By Athima Chansanchai | Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF

For the third time in less than three weeks, Maryland State Police are investigating an incident in which a Carroll County motorist was stopped by someone impersonating a police officer.

The latest incident involved a woman who was pulled over and then followed by an unknown man Tuesday night, authorities at the county sheriff's office reported yesterday.

The 30-year-old Westminster woman was unharmed but shaken up, said Maj. Thomas Long. She was not identified. Long said an initial investigation did not link this suspect with two other stops that occurred Friday and on Dec. 21.

"So far it looks like a different vehicle in every incident," Long said. "You have to be concerned this person is using the authority of the police. Hopefully, this is as far as it's going to escalate."

He said the woman was traveling north of Westminster on Littlestown Pike when she stopped at the traffic light at Bachman Valley Road about 8 p.m. She noticed flashing headlights and saw a red strobe light in her rear-view mirror. The light was on the dashboard of what she described as a full-size, older model, dark-colored Chevrolet that looked like a police car.

Long said she pulled over to the shoulder and the suspect's vehicle pulled in behind her. In her rear-view mirror, she saw the man, whom she described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, and wearing a light-colored goosedown-style coat, get out of his car and stand behind her car for a short while.

"That's when she felt something was amiss," Long said. "She was alarmed enough by the incident that she drove away."

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