Man arrested for impersonating an officer, law enforcement says not common

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated someone was arrested for impersonating an officer. WMBD has since learned that information was not correct.

PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria County authorities are keeping an eye out for someone potentially impersonating a law enforcement officer.

A person reported to Peoria County deputies Sunday night that someone driving a brown Crown Victoria with red and blue lights in the windshield tried to pull them over on Route 78 near Elmwood. The man told authorities the car with the lights followed him for about 1,500 feet and then turned the lights off and went the other way.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell says incidents like this are rare in the county, but this won’t be the last time it happens. He said if you are unsure an actual officer is pulling you over, call dispatch and they’ll be able to let you know.

“Slow down, I will say slow down don’t speed away, because if it truly is an officer you can make a bad situation worse, but if you slow down and make it where you’re not fleeing and continue to a safe area,” Asbell said.

Asbell said most officers will be in uniform, with a badge. He also said if someone believes they are getting pulled over by a fake cop, to never get out of your car, or pull over somewhere with many witnesses.

If someone impersonating an officer is caught be real authorities, Asbell says they could face up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

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