The Mesa County Sheriff's Office states someone impersonating a police officer pulled someone over this week.

On Wednesday, February 5, around 12:40 a.m., a report was made to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office of an individual impersonating a cop made a traffic stop near the I-70 Business Loop and 31 1/2 Road.

According to the report, the vehicle in question is a small black car, possibly a Dodge Dart, with blacked-out windows. The vehicle drove past the caller, then pulled behind them and displated "police lights."

The driver stopped and was contacted by a white male -- possibly with a beard -- in his early 20s, around six-feet tall with a stocky build. The pretend po-po asked for documentation and after a short conversation returned to his car and drove off.

This is the only report the Mesa County Sheriff's Office has received at this point.

If you believe you are being contacted by someone who is not a law enforcement agent, here are some things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Call 911 and let them know who you are, where you are and ask if the person that is contacting you is a true law enforcement officer, or
  • If you are close to law enforcement agency, drive there
  • Stop in a well-lit area with others around