A man has been impersonating a police officer — even making traffic stops — in the Pritchard area, RCMP said Thursday.
Both incidents took place early Wednesday.
"The drivers were not physically injured in either incident, however one driver was yelled at by the suspect," Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said.
The first incident took place at about 4:40 a.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway near the Highway 97 overpass.
A driver was pulled over by a mid-size sedan with a flashing red-blue strobe light on the dash. The suspect appeared to be in his early 20s, was unshaven and had a nose ring. He was wore a tuque and black cotton gloves, and shone a flashlight in the driver's face.
"The suspect asked for the victim's driver's licence, and began yelling and swearing as the driver searched for the licence. The suspect male returned to his vehicle, which allowed the victim to call police. The suspect returned to the victim and handed back the driver's license, before heading east toward Pritchard."
Three hours later near Pritchard another driver was stopped. Again the suspect obtained the driver's licence and insurance, then returned them.
Neither incident involved an actual police officer, RCMP said.
Police offer the following advice for situations like these:
* Request to see identification or other proof that they are in fact a police officer.
* Ask the officer to have a marked police vehicle attend.
* Advise the officer that you are going to call 9-1-1 to confirm the officer’s identity.
* No police officer will ever have a reason to request money from a member of the public.