Arkansas agency issues warning about deputy impersonator

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FORREST CITY, Ark. -- A scare in St. Francis County has the sheriff's department issuing a warning to drivers.

They say someone impersonated a law enforcement officer — fake uniform and all — and pulled over a female driver.

A Saint Francis County sheriff's lieutenant was back out at the Forrest City gas station off East Broadway Monday. It's where a woman says she pulled over around 8 p.m. Sunday.

"I did not get a good vibe from it at all. I was 100 percent scared," explained Kaitlyn Courtney.

Courtney says the man was driving an older-model white Dodge Charger. The flashing blue lights were in car's grill.

She said he walked up to her truck wearing an olive-green shirt on that said "St Francis County Undercover Officer."

"We have no one in our agency at all that fits that description, certainly none that would wear any type of a uniform shirt like that," said St. Francis County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Eddie Adamson.

Courtney described the eerie reason the stranger gave for pulling her over.

"He come up and he asked how I was, and I was like, 'I'm fine,' and he was like, 'I don't need your drivers license, I didn't run your tags. I don't need your insurance or anything like that, I just pulled you over to let you know there is somebody pulling over females.'"

A split second later the wannabe officer noticed someone in the parking lot. He tapped on her vehicle, told her to have a good night and walked away.

Law enforcement is taking no chances, reaching out to agencies across the Mid-South to try to nab the impostor.

"It is beyond alarming for us. It is something we take near and dear to our hearts," said Adamson.

Reminders of the horrors of two decades ago come flooding back for local law enforcement. The now-convicted "blue light rapist" preyed on unsuspecting women in Arkansas, first flashing a blue light to pull them over.

In this case deputies say Courtney did everything right.

She pulled over in a well-lit area with people around and she did not fully roll her window down when the man approached.

You can also call 911 if you're unsure when you're being pulled over.

If you have any information call 870-633-2611.

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