OHP Impersonator Pulls Over Driver In Oklahoma City

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 12:16 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma City police are warning drivers to watch out for a man pretending to be a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

A 17-year-old girl told police she was driving westbound on Interstate 40 near Douglas on July 31 when a car behind her turned on some red and blue flashing lights that appeared to be coming from the headlights. She also heard a siren. Believing the car belonged to law enforcement, the teen pulled over.

A man approached her car and told the driver he'd stopped her because she was going five miles over the speed limit. He noticed a black pouch on her front passenger seat that he said drug users often used to carry narcotics. He asked the driver if he could search her car, and she said yes.

The man opened the driver's glove box and discovered prescription medication. He also searched her backpack, and then asked her to step out of the car.

The man handcuffed her and placed her in the back of his vehicle. The driver said the car was a black Dodge Charger with white doors. It had "Oklahoma Highway Patrol" written on the side in blue letters with a white outline, and a center black outline. There was a police scanner in the car, but police say the vehicle did not have the brush guard, spotlight, computer, light bar or cage inside that a real OHP car would have.

The driver also said the man was wearing a bluish-black shirt that had "Oklahoma Highway Patrol" embroidered in small, red letters with a blue outline on the left side of his just. He was also wearing black uniform pants, black Nike high tops and what appeared to be a homemade duty belt with a radio, baton, taser and handcuffs.

After placing the teen in the back of his vehicle, the man searched the driver's car. He then returned and said he was just going to give her a warning. The 17 year old said after he took off the handcuffs, the man threw her ID in her face and drove away.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 200 pounds. The woman said he appeared to be out of shape and had a belly. The suspect also had short brown hair, brown eyes, and short, stubbly hair on his face.

The driver said the suspect did not appear to be wearing a bullet-proof vest, and definitely was not carrying a gun.

Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to call police.