The woman saw the blue lights flashing and pulled over on Hitchcock Road early Thursday morning.
But when she saw the unmarked car and the man dressed in jumpsuit without a badge, she became suspicious and refused to get out of her car.
Now Paulding County deputies are searching for that man who they said was impersonating a police officer.
The woman didn’t report the incident, which happened shortly after midnight, until about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Paulding County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Brandon Gurley said.
The victim told investigators she pulled over on Hitchcock Rd when the vehicle with flashing blue lights in the front and the back windows appeared behind her.
“The suspect vehicle pulled around her and stopped in front of her as if to block her and then turned the blue lights off,” Capt. Gurley said.
The driver approached her car wearing a dark colored, long sleeve jumpsuit and asked her for her driver’s license.
“She noticed that there was no badge or name tag visible on the clothing,” Sgt. Gurley said. “The suspect asked her to get out of the car but she did not and instead asked him to follow her to a public parking lot before she got out. The suspect again asked her to get out before stating “never mind” and left the area.”
Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge said it is not common for unmarked vehicles to be used to conduct traffic stops.
“It is O.K. to slow down and proceed to the nearest lighted parking lot to stop,” Sheriff Gulledge said. “Dial 911 and ask the dispatcher if the vehicle behind you is in fact a police officer.”
Also “remember to slow down and activate your hazard lights if you decide to proceed to a lighted parking lot or call 911 before stopping,” the sheriff said. “This will signal to the officer behind you that you are not trying to flee.”
Anyone with information about this case or who has had contact with this person is asked to contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 443-3010.
If you feel like you are being stopped by this suspect, dial 911 immediately.
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