Police: Actual officer, not impersonator, made traffic stop

2013-05-08T19:30:00Z 2013-05-08T19:58:25Z Police: Actual officer, not impersonator, made traffic stopTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 08, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Porter County police said a traffic stop Saturday night, which was reported as a possible police impersonator, was actually conducted by a county police officer.

A local woman had reported she was on her way to work Saturday night when she was pulled over on Calumet Avenue near the 49er Drive In by someone she thought was a man imitating a police officer.

The woman told police a man with short-cut, light-colored hair, and wearing a striped sweatshirt approached her and said, "I should take you straight to jail for reckless driving and speeding."

The woman decided to contact police after realizing she did not see a uniform or any markings on the man's car. She also could not remember the man identifying his department.

But Porter County police Sgt. Larry LaFlower said on Wednesday that they determined it was an off-duty Porter County police officer who made the traffic stop.

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