Obion Co. sheriff warns public about fake traffic stops
NOTE: This story was published in March 2016
OBION COUNTY, Tenn. — The sheriff of Obion County is warning residents about someone who is possibly posing as an officer and reportedly tried to pull someone over Monday night.
Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder says to not stop but instead call 911 if someone tries to pull you over and you feel it is suspicious. He says to tell the operator your name and where you are to make sure it is an actual officer behind you.
The department received a call just before 9 p.m. Monday from a woman traveling along Glass Road onto Highway 51 toward Union City, according to the sheriff.
The woman told deputies that a white, unmarked car with blue lights attempted to pull her over. She said the car appeared to be a Ford.
Deputies in Troy responded to the area but did not find a vehicle fitting the description.
This is the second time this has happened in the same area.
In January, another motorist reported being pulled over by a man in Trimble who was driving a white, unmarked car with a blue light on the dash board. She told deputies the man was wearing a badge around his neck.
As the woman was getting her driver’s license, the man reportedly told her he didn’t want it but wanted money instead. The man then struck the woman in the face and took $12 and a ring from her purse, according to the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office.