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Indiana State Police investigating police impersonator

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Posted at 7:57 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 19:58:45-04

LOWELL — State police are asking for information about a possible police impersonator in Northwest Indiana.

According to a news release from Indiana State Police, a woman reported she was stopped on Interstate 65 at mile marker 249 at 9:50 p.m. July 8. She said the vehicle was a late-model black or dark blue Ford Crown Victoria with red and blue lights inside the windshield.

The driver was a white male who was described as older with short gray hair and a mustache, wearing brown khaki pants with a plain, tan polo shirt. He did not have a gun or any visible weapons, did not use a flashlight and did not identify himself as a police officer.

The woman told police he was aggressive and yelling that she had been speeding, and he took her driver's license and registration back to his car where he sat for approximately five minutes before returning them. He said she would receive a ticket in the mail within a few weeks, and a warrant would be issued for her arrest if she did not handle it.

ISP said the woman reported the man's demeanor changed when he approached her car a second time and realized she was not alone.

A witness called police after seeing the traffic stop.

The Portage Police Department was also contacted about a traffic stop on July 22 involving a Crown Victoria with red and blue lights and a possible police impersonator. ISP sent a suspect sketch to Portage police, and the Portage victim said it looked similar to the person who pulled them over.

Anyone with information is asked to contact ISP Detective Brian McCall at 219-690-0083.

Indiana State Police provided a sketch of a possible police impersonator in Northwest Indiana on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.