Carbondale PD determine suspected officer impersonator was legitimate

Carbondale PD determine suspected officer impersonator was legitimate

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The Carbondale Police Department determined a man suspected of impersonating an officer was an on-duty investigator.

According to police, their investigation determined it was a legitimate traffic stop made by an on-duty investigator with the Illinois Secretary of State Police, who is also a member of that department's Hazardous Devices Unit, or "bomb squad."

Police say the investigator was in a department issued bomb squad uniform with an official badge attached to his belt. He was driving his department issued, unmarked silver SUV.

While driving along West Main Street, police say the investigator pulled over the vehicle to determine the validity of the vehicle's registration because there were no license plates on the front and rear of the vehicle.

The police department received the report of someone impersonating an officer around 9:30 a.m. on Monday near the intersection of West Main Street and New Era Road.

They say the victim reported the suspect was driving a blue, late model, full-size 4x4 truck which had a "Bomb Squad" door logo on it.

According to the previous report, the suspect was going east on West Main Street behind the victim's vehicle when the front lights on the suspect's vehicle began flashing in an alternating pattern.

The victim believed she was being stopped by a law enforcement officer and pulled into a parking lot in the 1100 block of West Main Street. 

The victim said the suspect got out of his truck and talked to her about her vehicle before leaving east on West Main Street in his truck. 

She described the suspected officer as wearing jeans, sneakers and a navy blue shirt with the same "Bomb Squad" logo on the chest of the shirt. She said he did not try to harm her.

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