Driver Reports Being Stopped By Someone Impersonating Trooper Near Mansfield
The Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating after a woman said she was stopped by a man impersonating a trooper on Tuesday.
The woman was pulled over on Park Avenue West near Mansfield around 3:30 p.m. by a man in a black SUV who said he was an off-duty state trooper.
The SUV had a strobe light on the dashboard, and the man claimed that he stopped the woman for speeding, according to OSP officials.
The vehicle was described as a new Chevy Trailblazer or Ford Explorer with dark tinted windows.
The individual is described as a white male, approximately 6 foot 1 inch tall, 230 pounds, with short dark hair and gray temples and a goatee. He also had a gold tooth. He was wearing a gray polo with an insignia, black pants and a radio on his belt.
The Ohio Highway Patrol said off-duty state troopers are not empowered to make traffic stops in unmarked vehicles.
If you have concerns about being pulled over, officials say to call 911 and calmly drive to a well-lit and well-populated area like a store or gas station parking lot.
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