CCSO investigates report of fake officer

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

By Scott Loftis

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident involving an individual allegedly impersonating a law enforcement officer.

CCSO Chief Deputy Maj. Jerry Williams said Monday that the investigation is ongoing.

“We are trying to run down some leads,” Williams said.

Capt. John Contreras, operations commander for the sheriff’s office, issued a news release on Thursday, Feb. 21, regarding the incident.

According to the release, a female driver reported that a white male driving a black Dodge Charger with tinted windows and no license plate approached her vehicle and told her she had a tail light out and that he was going to search her vehicle. The female driver said she began to call 911 and the suspect “ran back to his car and left westbound from Gobbler Cemetery on U.S. 412,” according to the release.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately six feet tall, bald or balding, with an average build, the release says.

It was reported that the car had a single blue light by the rear-view mirror.

The sheriff’s office is asking for assistance in locating the suspect. The release notes that no CCSO personnel drive any Dodge Chargers.

“If you find yourself in this type of situation, call dispatch, before stopping, and confirm there is an unmarked unit attempting to stop you,” the release says. “Give vehicle description and area of attempted traffic stop. If things don’t ‘look right’ call us please. Fast response from you will help tremendously in the apprehension of suspects in cases like this. It could also save your life.”

Williams said Monday that there have been no more sightings of the suspect, likely because of a heavy law enforcement presence in the area. Officers from Boone and Newton counties, along with CCSO personnel and the Arkansas State Police have been patrolling in the area of U.S. 412.

“We’ve kept that whole region down there so hot that it’s probably deterred him from coming back,” Williams said.

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