Man impersonates police officer, pulls over woman in Montgomery County

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Published: Feb 14 2013 10:09:23 AM EST
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LOWER PROVIDENCE TWP., Pa. -

Police in Montgomery County are on the lookout for a man who pretended to be a police officer Monday night.

Police in Lower Providence Twp. said a man with a blue light on his dashboard pulled over a female driver around 9 p.m. on Evansburg Road.

The man approached the woman's car and started talking to her, police said. The man didn't ask her to get out of the car and there was no physical contact between the two. After a brief conversation, police said the man returned to his vehicle and both drove away.

The woman contacted the police the next night.

The man is described as a white man in his 50s, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, 190 pounds, with short hair. He was wearing a dark emergency medical technician (EMT) style uniform with a circular patch on the sleeve. There was no badge on the uniform.

The man's vehicle is described as a small four-door tan car with tinted windows and a blue dashboard-mounted light.

The Lower Providence Twp. police advises motorists that vehicles with only blue lights are not authorized to pull over vehicles in Pennsylvania. Police vehicles in the state, both marked and unmarked, must have a combination of red and blue emergency lights.

Police said if you're being signalled to stop by an unmarked vehicle that you think may not be a police officer, you may continue to drive at a slow speed to a safe, well lit, populated area before pulling over.

According to Lower Providence Twp. Police Chief Francis Carroll, "

.  You may call 911 and advise them that you are being stopped by a vehicle that you believe may not be a police vehicle and the dispatcher may advise the officer of the reason that you are not stopping.  Once you have stopped for an officer in an unmarked car, you may request that a marked police unit respond, as well, to confirm that the unmarked police vehicle is legitimate."

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police at 610-539-5901.