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Man impersonating a police officer pulls over woman in Beaverton

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Suspect sketch of police officer impersonator. (Image: Beaverton Police Department) Suspect sketch of police officer impersonator. (Image: Beaverton Police Department)
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Elizabeth Jamison was stopped by a man impersonating a police officer in Beaverton. (Source: KPTV) Elizabeth Jamison was stopped by a man impersonating a police officer in Beaverton. (Source: KPTV)
BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

Police received two separate reports of a man impersonating a police officer and attempting to make traffic stops in Beaverton.

Both incidents happened Wednesday night.

In one case, the man successfully got a woman to pull over in her car. The woman said she believed the man was an off-duty police officer, adding that his car did not look like a police car and he was not in uniform.

Elizabeth Jamison said she was driving with her little sister near Cedar Hills Boulevard and Canyon Road when a car pulled up behind her, flashing a strobe light. 

Jamison said a man came up to her window and lectured her about having a headlight out. 

She told police the man did not have a badge and did not say he was an officer, but he demanded to see her driver's license and registration. After looking at them, the man returned them to Jamison and then drove off.

Not feeling right about the situation, Jamison called police and learned a similar incident had happened to another woman. 

"Looking back, I just felt so naive. Why did I pull over? Why did I show him all these things?" she said. "But if anything like this were to happen again, I definitely wouldn't react in the same way, just because I learned my lesson and it was really scary."

Now Jamison just hopes it doesn't happen to anyone else. 

The man was driving a newer Mitsubishi Lancer that is gun-metal gray or dark gray. Police said the car might have an LED light mounted above the rearview mirror that flashes white, red and blue.

The suspect is described as a muscular white man around 35-40 years old with a shaved head, clean shaven face and large tattoo on the inside of his left arm. He was wearing a white T-shirt. A sketch of the suspect was released by detectives Thursday. 

Anyone with information about this man is asked to call police at 503-629-0111 and reference case number 16-2301340.

The Beaverton Police Department reports that it is very rare for any police officer to ever stop someone and not be wearing a uniform.

Anyone who is stopped by someone not in uniform should ask to see their badge and identification. If they are unable to present a badge, people are advised to roll up the window and call 911. If the person is truly a police officer, the dispatcher will be able to confirm it.

Other recommendations for anyone unsure if they are being pulled over by a real police officer are to continue driving to a populated area or police station to pull over and, once stopped, lock your doors and only roll your window down enough to be able to hear and pass your license out.

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