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CPD: Impersonating a police officer reported

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Chesterton Police believe that the man who executed a traffic stop on a 17-year-old girl on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Dogwood Park was impersonating a police officer.

According to police, at approximately 7:10 p.m. the girl was westbound on 1100N when she observed a black SUV parked in the lot of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. That SUV began to follow her, with blue and red lights activated on the dashboard near the windshield, although at the time the girl thought the “police officer” was interested in a second vehicle in front of hers, as it was traveling at a high rate of speed. The girl then turned right onto northbound 23rd Street, still behind the second vehicle, and immediately left into the south entrance of Dogwood Park East, to allow the "police officer” to pass her. Instead, the SUV’s driver followed her into the parking lot.

The SUV had no overhead emergency lights, nor emergency lights on its mirrors, nor else any police logo or design on the body, the girl stated.

The girl was then approached by a male subject who “did not identify himself as a police officer” but did tell her “that the reason for the traffic stop was because her turn signal was faint when she made a right turn onto 23rd Street.”

At no time did the man ask the girl for her license or vehicle registration, she stated. He did, however, tell “her that he was just giving her a warning.”

The man was described “as a male Hispanic that was wearing a black in color hooded sweatshirt and a gray in color gaiter-style mask which covered the lower half of the driver’s face,” the girl stated. On leaving the parking lot of Dogwood Park East, the man drove across the street to the parking lot of Dogwood Park West and then pulled into a parking stall, she added.

CPD investigators were unable to find any traffic stop conducted by any law enforcement agency in or around Dogwood Park at the time of the reported incident, police said. Officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicle either.

The incident has been forwarded to the CPD Investigations Division.

 

 

Posted 9/21/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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