Woman says she was stopped by man impersonating officer in Virginia Beach

Posted at 3:44 PM, Apr 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-10 19:11:19-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - A woman in Virginia Beach says a man pretending to be a police officer approached her while she was stopped at a light on S. Independence Blvd. last week.

Carol McEwen says she was pulling up to the light at the intersection of Independence Blvd and Columbus St. around 7:30 p.m. Friday when a man in a white pick-up truck pulled in front of her and slammed on his brakes.

"He jumps out of his [truck] and comes running to my car, and I hit the lock button and I cracked the window.  He took out a wallet and flashed something really quick, and he said 'license and registration.'  I looked at him, looked at his car, beat-up white truck, looked at him and said, 'you don’t look like a cop to me,'" said McEwen.

McEwen says the man told her she was speeding and he could throw her in jail.

When she asked to see his badge again, he quickly headed back to his truck instead.

She took down his license plate number and called police.

"I have a couple of young nieces, and you know, what if they got pulled over by him and it was late at night and in a secluded area and he tried something? I mean, that's a scary thought," McEwen said.

Police are still looking into this case and have not made an arrest.

Police did say that if you feel unsafe when someone pulls you over, turn on your signal to acknowledge them, pull over to a safe area and call 911 so they can verify who the person is.