Police impersonator stops woman in Peoria

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PEORIA, Ariz. -- There is a man impersonating a police officer in Peoria, and the real police want you to know about it.

The fake cop stopped a woman who was driving in the area of 99th Avenue and Thunderbird Road at about 9 p.m. Friday, Peoria Police Department spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto said in an alert sent to media outlets.

The 56-year-old woman who encountered the impersonator said he was driving a white full-size sedan with a white flashing light above the driver's door.

According to the woman, the suspect approached her, displayed a badge and said that he worked for the Peoria Police Department. He then said he pulled her over on suspicion of DUI.

The woman said she denied that she had been drinking. The suspect then let her go and returned to his vehicle.

No other information about the suspect was immediately available.

"We do not believe that this man is in any way affiliated with the Peoria Police Department," Jacinto said in a YouTube video.

The Peoria Police Department said it wants the public to be aware of the incident and know that they can call the department's non-emergency line if ever they are concerned about the legitimacy of an officer. That phone number is  623-773-8311.

You also can ask an officer for his or her commission card, which is a photo ID that has the officer's name and rank on it.