Vestavia Hills Police are investigating reports that someone is impersonating a police officer.
The incident in question happened about a week ago. A passerby on Rocky Ridge Road reported what seemed to be a suspicious traffic stop. That person said they saw a car with only white flashing lights pulling over another vehicle. Official police vehicles are supposed to have red and/or blue lights as well.
Thursday of this week, Vestavia officers stopped a vehicle matching the description of the first car. The white Crown Victoria did have flashing lights, which police call an unusual coincidence.
Unfortunately, there is no real way to prove the lights are being used for anything unlawful, unless a person is caught in the act.
Police can't also discount the possibility that on the first stop, the car might have had police lights and the passerby simply didn't see them. For the near future, police are asking people to be vigilant.
"The last thing we want to do is create undo alarm right now. The incident that occurred on Rocky Ridge Road could have been a legitimate law enforcement officer; we have to allow for that. The individual did advise us about it, but they may have had a dash light. They may have had a small blue light on the dash and had a legitimate purpose for making the stop," Lt. Brian Gilham.
If you see any unusual activity, you are encouraged to call Vestavia Hills Police. Lt. Gilham says if you are stopped by someone who seems suspicious, don't hesitate to call 9-1-1.
"You'll get a dispatcher...law enforcement officers should call in all traffic stops to their dispatch. They should be able to verify that the person behind you is a legitimate law enforcement officer," he said.
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