EXPORT (KDKA) — State Police are looking for a police impersonation suspect who pulled over a teenage driver in Westmoreland County.
The incident happened on Kennedy Avenue in Export. A young motorist saw what no one ever wants to see in the rearview mirror – police lights flashing.
“This person initiated a traffic stop on an 18-year-old man,” said Trooper Steve Limani, of Pennsylvania State Police.
The victim said the cop car looked like the real thing.
“A Crown Vic, which some vehicles are still Crown Vics,” said Trooper Limani. “It did have blue and red lights and it had wig wags, which are the pulsating lights you would see.”
But while the car looked the part, the wannabe cop didn’t.
“We do not travel around in hooded sweatshirts and full beards initiating traffic stops,” Trooper Limani said.
During the stop, police say the suspect asked for more than the norm.
“He made comments in a sexual nature when asking for license and registration,” said Trooper Limani.
The officer impersonator looked at the documentation, gave it back and headed down Italy Road.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5-foot-9, about 270 pounds. He was in his 30s and had a full beard.
Investigators say this kind of crime isn’t usually an isolated incident and there may be similar incidents. Troopers say if you’ve seen this bogus officer please give them a call.