GREEN LAKE COUNTY - Authorities in Green Lake County are looking for a man who may be impersonating a police officer. The sheriff's department says last night a man claimed he was pulled over in the Town of Seneca on County Highway E.
The Green Lake County Sheriff's Department says a man told officers he was pulled over by what he thought was a police officer. The supposed officer was driving a black Ford Crown Victoria with the word "police" on the side and 911 on the back quarter panel. The man who got out of the vehicle was dressed like an officer - but something was wrong.
"Citizens get to know law enforcement officers, the law enforcement community, how we act and it just didn't add up," explained Mark Putzke the Chief Deputy for the Green Lake County Sheriff's Department. He told FOX 11 the alleged stop turned strange.
According to Putzke the man, "asked for a driver's license, name, social security number."
The driver told authorities the supposed officer let him go, even though the driver admitted he had a suspended license. The driver also told authorities the other man then followed him nearly to Oshkosh. That's when he called the sheriff's department.
"We had no units in the area that had conducted any stop like that," said Putzke.
Putzke told us an officer would never ask for your social security number or let a suspended driver go.
He said this impersonation is a stark reminder citizens need to be careful when they're pulled over.
"Pull over in front of a residence, pull over in front of a place that's lit up," advised Putzke.
Putzke also recommended, if you are pulled over and you're worried that it's not legitimate, you can call 911 and the dispatcher can confirm whether it's a real officer.
"Be proactive in how they drive around and aware that this happened, but no one needs to panic over this," said Putzke.
Putzke told us his department is working with area agencies to solve this.
"The public has a trust in the law enforcement community and when someone violates that trust by impersonating we take that very seriously," he explained.
The Green Lake County Sheriff's Department asks if you have any information about this situation, call them at 294-4000.
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