Police: Man impersonating a Klamath Falls police officer pulled woman over

Klamath Falls Police said that a man driving a black Dodge Charger conducted a traffic stop on a woman driving on an interchange just outside of Klamath Falls on Sunday.

Posted: Sep 14, 2021 10:23 AM
Updated: Sep 14, 2021 11:31 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls Police Department says it is looking for a man who reportedly impersonated a police officer and pulled over a woman driving just outside of the city on Sunday.

According to KFPD, the woman was driving near Greenspring's Drive and Highway 66 when she pulled over for a traffic stop. A man driving a black Dodge Charger with clothing resembling those of a police officer told the driver that her headlight was out.

The man's Charger did not have a front license plate, and the emergency lights reportedly came from the front visor area of the vehicle's interior, KFPD said.

The "officer" was described as standing between 6-feet and 6-feet, 2-inches tall; weighing about 150 pounds; with short brown hair, a reddish, groomed beard; green eyes; and a chipped front tooth. He was wearing a black, short-sleeved shirt with no apparent markings and a ballistic vest that had an unreadable cloth badge and name tag. He reportedly claimed to work for the KFPD.

After the false traffic stop, the man told the driver that he would follow her home. Thinking that this was odd, the woman did not immediately start driving home and instead called a relative who called 911.

"If you question whether a person is a police officer, attempt to pull over in a populated and well-lighted area," KFPD said in a statement. "Officers will be able to provide you with their name, agency, and badge number. They should also be able to have a supervisor, or another officer respond in a marked patrol vehicle. If an 'officer' has an issue with providing the requested information, tell them you are calling 911."

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336 or 911.

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