Two men who posed as cops during Ontario traffic stop sought by real police

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Published June 26, 2024 at 11:23 am

OPP looking for police impersonators

Two men who posed as police officers and pulled over a driver last Saturday night on a country road north of the GTA are being hunted by the real police.

Nottawasaga OPP said in a news release issued Wednesday that a man was driving on the 15th Sideroad, between 12th Line and 13th Line, in New Tecumseth, northeast of Orangeville, when he was pulled over shortly after 9:30 p.m.

The man “reported that he was pulled over by two males who identified themselves as police officers,” OPP said. “The victim was uncomfortable with the interaction and reported the incident to police.”

OPP didn’t provide any additional details about the traffic stop. It’s not known if the fake police officers asked the driver for his licence or said anything else to him, such as why they pulled him over.

OPP describe one of the fake officers as standing 5-foot-10, with a stocky build and red hair while the other is described as standing 6-foot-4, with short spiky black hair, a goatee and a scar under his left eye.

The “officers” also wore dark, long-sleeved shirts and pants with an OPP-style yellow stripe, police said.

Additionally, OPP said in the news release both suspects wore blue vests with “POLICE” on the front and back, name tags with a Canadian flag and an “OPP” crest above the word “police.” They also carried a radio, handcuffs and a holster. 

The first vehicle that pulled the man over is described as a dark-coloured Ford Taurus with red and blue lights built into the grill, interior visors and a push bar. The second vehicle was reported as a Silver Chevrolet Tahoe, described as having flashing interior lights mimicking that of a police vehicle. 

OPP said any driver pulled over by police has the right to ask to see an officer’s badge and warrant card.

“Some officers and off-duty officers may not be wearing uniforms, but they will be able to provide you with the name of their service, detachment, badge number, rank and produce a badge and warrant card without delay,” OPP said in the news release.

Anyone who suspects they have been pulled over or confronted by a police impersonator should lock their doors and immediately call 911, police added.

“Do not get out of your vehicle. If possible, try to write down a description of the person, their vehicle and their licence plate as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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