CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A motorist was pulled over by a man impersonating a police officer in Christiansburg Thursday night. This is the second time such an incident occurred in the town in just over two weeks.
According to the Christiansburg Police Department, a motorist was stopped on Park Street by someone impersonating a police officer at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 1.
Police say the suspect was driving a black Dodge Charger again with a blue light mounted on the dash.
Even though the suspect did not display a badge, the department says the suspect was again reported as wearing a black uniform-style shirt and black pants with a yellow-handled Taser on his belt, as well as square framed glasses and a hat.
Officials describe the suspect as a white man who is between 5’9″ and 6′ tall, weighs approximately 175 pounds, and has short hair.
According to police, during the course of the stop, the suspect obtained the motorist’s driver’s license, change of address card, and registration, but he did not mention why the motorist had been stopped and would not provide that information when the motorist asked.
After the suspect took the driver’s information back to his vehicle for a few minutes, he reportedly approached the motorist again and returned the license and registration, but kept the change of address card. The suspect then then told the motorist to have a nice day and left, officials say. The motorist returned to their residence and called to report the incident a few minutes later.
“The Christiansburg Police Department conducts regular traffic enforcement and call response using easily-identifiable marked patrol vehicles. The Christiansburg Police Department does have unmarked police vehicles used by detectives and administrative personnel, but unmarked vehicles are not used for regular traffic enforcement operations. Any of our detectives or plain-clothes officers who stop a motorist or pedestrian in the course of duty will always display a badge, provide a reason for the stop and will give their name, badge number and will show credentials upon request.
If you are being pulled over by an unmarked vehicle or have any questions about the legitimacy of the traffic stop, please call 911 to confirm that a traffic stop is occurring at your location. If possible to do so safely, you should make this call while you are being pulled over. The 911 Center can verify if a traffic stop is happening at your location. If you cannot call in, you should activate your emergency 4-way flashers and drive at normal speed to a well-lit, populated area or to the nearest law enforcement agency before stopping. All local agencies and the Virginia State Police have been made aware of this situation and will understand the actions of motorists who take these precautions.”Christiansburg Police Department
Over the course of March, authorities in Botetourt County, Christiansburg, and Roanoke County all handled incidents involving law enforcement impersonators. recently reported another incident of a police impersonator pulling over a motorist on March 17 in Christiansburg.
If you have additional information about this or other similar incidents, call Detective Cannon with the Christiansburg Police Department at (540) 382-3131.