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Authorities Investigating Another Cop Impersonator Report
It has been months since any new reports of a cop impersonator trying to pull people over, but that changed late Friday night.
It was right on Old 36, near the town of Riverton, where a Springfield woman reported to police she was approached by another vehicle with a flashing blue light. The car flashed its headlights at her, to try to get her to pull over.
She said she headed straight for a busy area in Springfield as soon as she realized it wasn't a police officer,.
"I thought, 'I'm not stopping,'" she said. "I'm going right up to Sangamon and Dirksen. If he's still behind me, I'll pull in where there's people, but I'm not stopping here. And the closer I got to the truck stop, where it was lit, he started backing down."
This Springfield woman said the car eventually turned off onto Route 54 and disappeared.
She's asked to remain anonymous because she doesn't want the driver to know her identity.
"And I kinda glanced back," she said. "And I don't know cars, unless it's a Cadillac, and all I could tell was it was either a white, a gray, or a beige car, and that's all I could tell. It had round headlights"
But she knew had known all along that it was not a police car.
"I was married to a cop, for almost 30 years, married to a state cop," she said. "Law enforcement in Illinois do not have just blue lights. They have red and blue."
Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell said her instincts were correct about the car, and in heading for a public place.
"So if you do not see the red and blue light, immediately that should raise your awareness," Campbell said. "And here locally, with all the publicity surrounding police impersonators, especially now, you should be guarded that that could be an impersonator."
The would-be victim escaped safely, but she's worried about it happening to someone else.
"It's scary to think, because my granddaughter just got her drivers license Friday," she said. "And it's scary to think that somebody out there, who knows why, I don't know."
Campbell recommends that if you find yourself in a similar situation, you should also call 911, because the dispatcher can tell you whether that's an actual police squad car that is following you. That way you can also inform them that you're not fleeing police--you're just worried about the situation.
He said deputies are still investigating this incident, and don't have any information yet to determine the alleged cop impersonator's identity. They don't yet know if this person is responsible for any of the previous incidents.
Reporting in Sangamon County, Mike Brooks, ABC NewsChannel 20.