BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is warning motorists about a man impersonating a law enforcement officer.
About 9:45 p.m. Sunday, a man driving a white Ford Crown Victoria with red and blue flashing lights on the dash and in the grill stopped a male motorist near Cortez Boulevard and McKethan Road in Ridge Manor, according to a Sheriff's Office media release. The Ford did not have any law enforcement markings or a cage to transport prisoners.
The man was wearing a black leather gun belt carrying what appeared to be a Glock handgun, the Sheriff's Office said. There were no law enforcement markings on his clothes, and he did not display a badge. He was wearing black cargo pants, a black jacket and a black baseball cap.
The man asked the motorist if he knew why he was being pulled over, the Sheriff's Office said. The motorist, apparently suspicious, drove away.
The suspect is as white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and roughly 200 pounds. He had dark hair, an unshaven face and appeared to be between 27 and 32 years old.
The Sheriff's Office recommended that motorists who suspect they have been pulled over by this man to drive away at the speed limit and call 911. Motorists who don't have a cell phone should drive to a well-lighted, populated area before pulling over.