Authorities believe police impersonator pulled woman over on I-80

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SEWARD COUNTY -- Seward and York County Sheriff's believe an early-morning traffic incident may be the work of a police impersonator.

Around 5 a.m. on Wednesday, a Seward County resident was on her way to work near York when she reported that a dark-colored vehicle with emergency lights signaled for her to stop along I-80, about three miles east of York.

The woman said a male dressed in a dark green colored uniform with a dark ball cap approached her after activating overhead emergency lights on a dark colored SUV.

According to the victim, the male said she was acting suspicious and wanted to know if she was working at a York Interchange Motel.

The impersonator ordered the female from her car, and after conducting a search allowed her to leave the scene.

No citation or warning was issued nor was the motorist asked for her driver's license or vehicle documentation.

Yok Sheriff Dale Radcliff contacted Seward Sheriff Joe Yocum who determined that no Seward County deputy was in the area of the incident at the time.

Sheriff Yocum checked with Nebraska State Patrol officials and Nebraska Game and Parks officials and determined none were working in the area of the incident at the time.

Sheriff Radcliff checked with Grand Island State Patrol and also determined no "C Troop" personnel were in the area at the time, either.

Sheriff Yocum is reminding drivers to be aware that if they are being followed by a vehicle and are unsure if it is a law enforcement emergency vehicle to call 911 and let the dispatcher know their location

Dispatchers can check where on-duty deputies or police officers are and can advise the nearest unit if there appears to be an impersonator attempting to stop them.

If the motorist is unable to contact E911 dispatchers, Sheriff Yocum recommends the motorist drive at a normal speed to the nearest high visibility area where witnesses are present before stopping.

Seward County Sheriff Office personnel will be monitoring the area of the latest incident.