A man driving a car with flashing lights on the dashboard stopped a woman at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 67 north of Midlothian, but he was an impersonator, police said.
The woman suspected that was the case, so she "got the real police involved," said Capt. Don Cole of the Midlothian Police Department.
The woman had been driving southbound on U.S. 67 when she was stopped by the man just before the Shiloh Road Exit.
The man didn't wear a uniform and his white, two-door car had nothing on it indicating it was an official police car, other than the flashing lights on his dashboard.
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"Anybody can buy them," Cole said.
The man talked briefly to the woman and she gave him her name but, "she felt like something wasn't right," the captain said.
Cole declined to give details of the conversation to protect the investigation, but he did note that the woman challenged the man to prove his legitimacy by summoning another police unit to the location.
The man walked back to his car and drove away while the woman called 911, Cole said.
She must have heard other reports on fake cops and what to do when confronted by them because she responded correctly, Cole said.
"She kept her head about herself," he said.
The woman told police that the impostor was a white man with dark brown hair and a goatee. He had a thin build and he was about 5 feet 3 inches tall, Cole said.
Impersonating a public servant is a third-degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, Cole said.
Anyone with information can call Midlothian police at 972-775-3333.