The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a police impersonator who stopped a female driver on Laurel Road near Clinton on Monday night.
The impersonator pulled over the motorist at about 10 p.m. Monday using a red flashing light on his dash but turned the light off after they stopped, said Mark Lucas, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy.
The vehicle was described as a dark-colored late ’90s Chevrolet Lumina, Lucas said. The impersonator was described as a white male, mid-30s to mid-40s, 5’10” to 5’11”, and about 200 pounds, with a stomach that hung slightly over his belt. He had ear-length brown hair, combed to one side, balding on top of the head with a receding hairline and a graying mustache. He was wearing a white button-up shirt with dark dress pants and had a gold- or brass-colored badge on his left side and a revolver in a dark-colored soft holster on his right side.
Lucas said the impersonator spoke in a deep “country” voice and asked the motorist for her driver’s license and to search her car. When she received a call on her cell phone, he stated she was “free to go” and left traveling toward Clinton on Laurel Road. The victim then drove away and contacted the Sheriff’s Department, Lucas said.
Anyone having information on this incident is asked to call Sergeant Jeff Davis of the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Unit at (865) 457-6255, extension 1141, or the Sheriff’s Department Communications Center at (865) 457-2414.
“The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind motorists if they are unsure if they are being pulled over by an actual law enforcement officer, they should turn on their hazard flashers, call 911, and slowly drive to a well-lit area such as a business or store before stopping,” Lucas said.