WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The Washington Township Police Department is investigating the impersonation of a police officer Friday night.
On May 14, at around 9:30 p.m., township police took a report regarding someone attempting to impersonate an officer, police said.
A resident on their way home was stopped on Pleasant Grove Road just in off Schooley’s Mountain Road by an older red sedan with alternating flashing blue and red lights inside the vehicle. The resident pulled over and the imposter pulled in behind the vehicle, police said.
The imposter shut the flashing lights off, at which time the resident drove away due to concerns about the authenticity of the stop. As the resident drove away, the vehicle came up from behind and tailgated their vehicle before abruptly turning off onto Wehrli Road, police said.
Officers checked the area and were unbale to locate the vehicle. Police confirmed that no officer conducted the stop.
The vehicle is described as an older red sedan with the flashing internal lights. There was no description of the suspect released.
Police are continuing to gather evidence and check local camera systems.
Washington Township Police said they use drive black Chevrolet Tahoes, with a few Chevrolet Caprices still in rotation and the vehicles are well lit.
“They will not turn off their lights after pulling someone over and will identify themselves upon approaching the vehicle. Our video equipment is running the entire time. If you are ever concerned or suspect an imposter, call 911 immediately. If you are getting stopped, put on your flashers and pull to a safe location,” police said.
“We will not tolerate anyone attempting to do as this person has done. Please watch out for one another and contact the department with additional information. We will provide additional information as it becomes available,” police said.
Anyone with information or has video surveillance, is urged to contact the Washington Township Police Department at 908-876-3232