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'Police impersonator' was roadside assistance

Posted at 12:00 AM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 00:00:18-05

FISHERS, Ind. – A vehicle initially reported as a possible police impersonator was identified Thursday as a roadside assistance vehicle.

A female driver told police she was northbound on I-69 between 96th Street and 116th Street when she noticed a dark gray Chevrolet Impala following her.

The woman told police she observed white flashing lights near the rearview mirror and in the front grill of the Impala. The woman began to exit onto 116th Street and the Impala continued northbound on the interstate.

After Fishers police sent an alert about the vehicle, an Indiana State Police trooper contacted the department, saying he'd pulled the vehicle over and identified it as a roadside assistance vehicle allowed to have the lights.

Even though the vehicle turned out to be legitimate, Fishers Police Chief George Kehl said the woman did the right thing, and issued a notice to drivers who might have similar concerns:

  • In Indiana, police officers must either be in a marked police car with overhead red and blue lights or red and blue lights in the dash, or they must be wearing a distinctive uniform and badge.
  • If you feel uncomfortable during an attempted traffic stop, reduce your speed, turn on your hazard lights and call 911 to have dispatch verify the encounter. Drivers are also advised to stop in a well-lit, populated area.

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