Tate County deputies locate suspected police impersonator

TATE COUNTY, Miss. — A local sheriff's office says they have positively identified the driver accused of impersonating officers and the entire thing may just be a case of mistaken identity.

According to the Tate County Sheriff's Office, a deputy pulled over the white vehicle and its driver early Wednesday morning. They didn't release the man's name, but said they know who he is and are looking into recent allegations made against him.

"The investigation into this matter is ongoing, but I wanted the people to know that we feel there is now no cause for alarm. Further information will be provided as we go forward," the department posted on Facebook.

After the post was made, WREG's Melissa Moon learned the driver told deputies he works for a security company in Olive Branch. He stated the picture being shared on social media was taken when he stopped to help a driver stranded on the side of the road.

Wednesday, Sheriff Brad Tate posted to Facebook that the owner of the car in the photo had come forward and told him the man in the SUV did not pull the car over. Instead, he said his daughter was stranded on the side of the road and the man stayed with her until she and her father were able to get the vehicle going.

So far, they have not had any official reports of anyone being pulled over by someone that they didn't believe was a police officer. They don't believe he's done anything wrong, so no charges have been filed.

However, they encouraged anyone with information on this individual pulling over drivers to contact them at (662) 562-4434.

They also applauded the citizen for making them aware of their concerns.