Plaquemines sheriff warns of police imposter in unmarked car

Plaquemines sheriff warns of police imposter in unmarked car

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Sheriff Lonnie Greco is cautioning the public about a possible police impersonator who may be pulling over drivers in Plaquemines Parish.

On Friday (Jan. 9), the Sheriff's Office was called about an incident that occurred Thursday between 8 and 8:30 p.m. on Highway 23 in the Jesuit Bend area. A citizen reported being pulled over by a clean-cut white male, approximately 6' tall with a medium-build, wearing plain clothes, who flashed an ID and badge. The man was driving a black unmarked car, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria, with a blue light on the dash board.

The driver was not able to verify the credentials or badge and was released after being warned about speeding.

The Sheriff's Office has launched an investigation into the matter.

Anyone with information, or anyone who has been pulled over by this individual, is urged to contact Captain Mark Plumer at (504) 564-2525.

Greco said there are several steps you can take to validate the identity of the officer and police agency:

  • Remember, that if you really doubt about the identity of someone trying to pull you over, you should proceed to a well-lit, public place such as a gas station, fast food place, convenience store or police station. While doing so, turn on your four-way flashers to notify the officer that you are aware that he or she is trying to pull you over. Call 911 while traveling to the safe area to verify with a dispatcher if it is a legitimate officer.
  • Check if the police officer is in a marked police vehicle.
  • If the officer is not in uniform, request a uniformed officer.
  • Check if they have a badge.
  • Ask for identification. Police carry identification clearly identifying them and their agency.
  • Immediately call 911 if you believe it's a fake.

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