A Detroit traffic reporter experienced a scary run in that's becoming all too common: Someone impersonating a police officer tried to pull over Detroit traffic reporter Ashlee Baracy in the early hours of the morning.
She was traveling down east I-96 when she saw the telltale red and blue lights flash in her rearview mirror, but something didn't seem right.
"I realized it didn't really look like a cop car," Baracy told WDIV.
The car that was pacing her appeared to be a late 1990s Grand Prix or Chevy Impala. Detroit police officers drive Ford Crown Victorias.
There have been several cases of crooks impersonating police officers in Detroit in recent weeks. Motorist that stop for the impostors are quickly robbed. Luckily Baracy knew what precautions to take. She didn't pull over. Instead she headed towards the WDIV Channel 4 offices where a security guard is always stationed. Once she made it into the parking lot she called the real cops while the fake one gave up the chase.
Impersonating a police officer is a serious crime that can happen anywhere. If you suspect that a traffic stop is not on the level do not stop. Keep driving and phone police dispatch. They can tell you if the police officer is legitimate or inform the officer that you intent to pull over in a safe area. If you don't have your phone on you head to the nearest police station or crowded, well-lit parking lot.