TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — The Travis County Sheriff's Office, in central Texas, is warning of a police impersonator pulling over vehicles and ordering drivers to return home, citing the Stay Home, Work Safe ordinance in response to COVID-19.
In a press release issued earlier today, the Travis County Sheriff's Office says they have received numerous complaints of a large, unmarked, black SUV, possibly a Chevy Tahoe or Cadillac Escalade, pulling over vehicles on Wednesday morning.
"In each report, the caller said a male walked to the back bumper of their vehicle and refused to get any closer," stated the sheriff's office. "The man claimed to be a Travis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and told the drivers to go home, citing the Stay Home/Work Safe Ordinance."
"When the drivers attempted to present paperwork identifying themselves as essential employees along with their driver’s licenses, the man refused to look at the documents and ordered the drivers to go home immediately," continued the release.
The Travis County Sheriff's Office says traffic stops by their deputies are conducted by fully-marked patrol units and, deputies wearing their uniform, will approach your window and accept your identification.
"If anyone is concerned they are being pursued by someone who may not be a legitimate peace officer, they are advised to put their hazard lights on so the officer will know they’re complying, then call 911 to verify that a legitimate traffic stop is happening," stated the release.
Anyone who may have been stopped by the police impersonator or vehicle described is asked to call the Travis County Sheriff's Office's non-emergency dispatch at (512) 974-0845, Option 3, or the sheriff's office tip line at (512) 854-1444.