Sangamon County detectives are searching for a man who allegedly assaulted a teenage girl after posing as a police officer and pulling over her vehicle. The incident happened on Old Jacksonville Road early Sunday morning.
The teen told police that a car was stopped on the side of the road as she drove past. The driver of that car then turned on a rotating white light. Thinking he was a police officer, she pulled over. The phony cop eventually had the girl sit with him in his car, where he touched her inappropriately. The girl hit the suspect and fled… the man did not pursue her. The suspect is around 50 years old, five-foot-ten to six-feet-tall, with a thin build.
Authorities remind drivers that police cars have red or blue flashing lights… and say that when in doubt, it is OK to call 911 to verify that an actual police officer is the person pulling you over.