Police: suspect impersonating Grayson officer

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By Larry Chambers, Staff

INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is warning citizens of an unidentified man who is posing as a law enforcement officer.
A college student was traveling east on U.S. 58 at around 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 when a vehicle with flashing blue and red lights attached to the driver’s visor of a white Buick pulled him over at the wayside near Baywood.

According to a police report, a man wearing a black vest, black dress pants and a belt that contained pepper spray and a walkie-talkie walked up to the driver’s window and asked to see his driver’s license. He told the student that he had faulty taillights.
The man identified himself as a Grayson County police officer, but the student, who was not identified, didn’t see a gun. The man also didn’t produce a badge or have any patches on his vest.
Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the man told the student he could pay a $25 cash fine on the spot or go to court, where he would have to pay court costs and other fees. The student gave him $25 cash and the man didn’t give him a receipt or any other paper work.
When the student went home, he told his mother what had happened and she called the sheriff’s office to report the incident.
Vaughan said there is no such department as “Grayson County Police.”
“All of our deputy cars are well marked and deputies wear a uniform, complete with a gun and identifying badges,” Vaughan said.
Vaughan described the suspect as being in his 40s, bald, with a gray goatee, 5 ft. 6 in. tall. He was driving a white 2010 or 2011 Buick bearing a Virginia license plate.
Vaughan warns motorists that the man is impersonating an officer and everyone should use caution when being pulled over by a vehicle that doesn’t look like a police car.
“If a driver is being pulled over for a traffic infraction and the driver feels something is wrong, they should drive to a convenience store where there are other people,” Vaughan said.
He also pointed out that if you are pulled over by a deputy or a state trooper, the vehicle will have several flashing blue lights, sometimes also red, and they will be easily recognized as an officer.

Anyone who sees a person matching the description of the alleged impersonator, or is pulled over by this person, should write down the license number and call the sheriff’s office at (276) 773-3241 or (276) 236-9988.