The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a safety reminder to the public after a woman was pulled over by two men who appeared to be impersonating police officers.
Deputies say on March 4 just before 9:30 p.m., a woman was pulled over by a vehicle that had activated red and blue emergency lights in the grill of the vehicle.
She was pulled over on East Floyd Road, east of Soule Road in the Town of Floyd.
The woman told deputies a white man in his 30s or 40s approached her vehicle wearing a gray police uniform and a purple tie. The man asked to see her license.
After about 10 minutes, the man came back to the car and told the woman to exit the vehicle.
Another “officer” returned with the first man. He is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s.
The Hispanic man searched her car while she stood with the other person.
They told her she was free to go some time later.
Through cooperation with nearby agencies, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office was unable to identify the vehicle or people as belonging to any local agency or the New York State Police.
In response to the incident, the Sheriff’s Office reminds motorists that unmarked cars do exist, and it’s okay to be wary of them.
If an unmarked car flashes its lights or tries to signal you to pull over and you are unsure if it is a legitimate law enforcement officer, there are a few things that you can do.
Wait until you get to a lighted or busy area such as a gas station or business area. Call 911 to let them know that you are being followed by an unmarked police car and that you plan on pulling over as soon as you can safely do so.
Give the dispatcher the make, model and color of the car following you along with a license plate if possible.
Try and signal that you have acknowledged the request to stop and indicate the action you are taking, ie: put your flashers on or signal by pointing from the driver side window.
Don’t drive off at a high rate of speed and make the police think you are trying to get away.
Keep your doors locked until you are sure that it is the police and have your cell phone at hand just in case.
You can also ask to see police identification such as police ID which should include a name, photograph, and police agency. You can accept the ID through the mostly closed window until you are satisfied that it is, in fact, a legitimate police officer.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.