Arkansas police department warns about phony traffic stops

Arkansas police department warns about phony traffic stops

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A police department just outside of Region 8 is warning residents about stopping for cars that may not be legitimate police officers.

The Lonoke Police Department posted on their Facebook page Monday about a traffic stop by what seems to be a phony cop.

They said there was a report of a traffic stop Sunday night in town.

The victim said it was an unmarked, white Dodge Charger with blue lights that stopped him.

The person said the man did not identify himself and shined a flashlight in the man's eyes so he could not make out his face or even tell if he was wearing a uniform.

The suspect in the Charger told the man he could smell narcotics and wanted to search his vehicle.

"Luckily the victim was smart enough to tell the suspect that he would drive to the Shell Station and allow him to search," according to the Facebook post.

The suspect then said they would follow him.

But when the victim pulled into the gas station, the Charger reportedly sped off toward the interstate.

The Lonoke Police Department does not have unmarked cars and no agency has taken responsibility for the stop.

The department advised residents to pull over into a well-lit area if you have any doubts about the officer pulling you over and if you still have doubts you can call your local law enforcement agency to confirm if they have an officer on a stop at your location.

"This is not how officers approach vehicles or even talk," the post stated.

The department is still investigating the incident.

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