A FEMALE student survived a fake cop stop after spotting tell-tale signs the man pulling her over was an impersonator.
The quick-witted driver was reportedly stopped in Abbott, Texas, by an unmarked police car.
Driving north on I-35, the driver saw flashing lights in her rear view mirrors so duly pulled over.
According to 6 News, the driver – who does want to be identified – thought she might be getting pulled over for expired tags.
The man pretending to be officer of the law said it was for speeding.
This was one of the tell-tale signs the man wasn’t who he claimed to be as the driver believed she was going “at least” 10 mph under the speed limit due to traffic.
"He asked for my license and my registration and I told him that I wasn't really comfortable," the woman told 6 News. "It was kind of just the whole situation seemed very off; he seemed kind of frantic."
She then spotted other tell-tale signs.
The "fake cop" allegedly approached her on the driver’s side – not common police practise.
He was also not wearing a bullet-proof vest or regular police uniform.
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Another tell-tale sign was that his police badge, according to the driver, was oddly-shaped and not connected to a police department.
The driver says she called 9-1-1 and was told that they had no cops in the area. She then reportedly asked for the supposed cop’s badge number but he wouldn’t give it to her.
The incident – that is still under investigation according to Hill County Sheriff’s Office – took a disturbing turn.
"At that point he tried to open my car door. He was yelling at me, being extremely rude and I said basically like stop, please get away," the driver said.
The impersonator reportedly then fled the scene.
Impressed with the driver’s reaction’s, Hill County Sheriff’s Office told local media that the student did everything right.
The terrifying events unfolded late last week, with the fake cop still being sought.
Scott Robinson, Chief Deputy for Hill County Sheriff's Office, told The US Sun there is no progress at this time to report other than they are “working some leads.”
"In her challenging him at that point in time, it led him to know that she was smart, she was going to remain calm and that she was probably going to be calling 9-1-1 in a matter of moments," Sergeant Kevin Hughes with Hill County's Criminal Investigation told 6 News.
Nearby Lacy Lakeview Police Department (LLPD), just north of Waco, Texas, posted on social media that the fake cop car was an “unmarked Chevrolet Suburban with flashing red, white, and blue internal lights.”
Calling the incident a “serious issue,” LLPD advised that if “at any time you feel unsafe or question the validity of the officer that is approaching your vehicle, we encourage you to call 911.”
The police department added that concerned drivers should look for a safe spot to pull over, preferably well-lit.
Drivers should activate their turn signal/flasher. “This indicates that you intend to pull over within a reasonable distance.”
"Remain calm and roll down your window. If it's dark, turn on the interior lights," the LLPD added in its Facebook post.
Responding to LLPD’s posts, Facebook users noted similar cars in the area following the April 1st incident, with Amanda Gail commenting she saw a similar car next to Czech Stop, a service station a few miles south of Abbott.
Gail added: "Seemed to be an undercover once they pulled out. But from the front of the vehicle you can’t tell."
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The fake cop car reportedly had a license plate starting with 1MC.
Any information should be called into Hill County Sheriff’s Office.
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