(FAIRHOPE, Ala.) - Fairhope Police are on the hunt for what they think is a cop impersonator.
Officials are searching for a white Crown Vic, after a woman said someone pulled her over Sunday afternoon on Highway 181.
The victim told police the driver flashed blue lights, so she pulled over. She said the man asked to see her driver's license, and when she told him she was calling 911, he took off.
A car matching the same description was flagged in Semmes after trying to pull someone over.
It happened at the corner of Wulff and Nursery roads earlier this month. The teen victim told Mobile County Sheriff's deputies a man driving a white Crown Vic with flashing blue lights pulled her over.
She said when she asked for back up, the man took off.
Police departments are sending out a warning and asking drivers to be cautious. Here are a few tips to remember if you are signaled to stop by an unmarked car:
- Activate your vehicle's flashing hazard lights to signal that you are aware that a possible police vehicle is trying to stop you.
- Proceed to the first available well-lit, occupied area before stopping, such as an open gas station, restaurant, or convenience store.
- Use your cell phone to call 911. The 911 operator can verify whether the vehicle is legitimate by calling the law enforcement agency assigned to that area.
- Remain in your vehicle. If the officer is not in uniform, ask to see photo ID. You can also request for a uniformed officer to be dispatched to the scene.
- Do not speed up or try to evade the vehicle.
- Police departments nationwide are aware of these universal precautions.