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8/19/05 Impersonator Folo

A Henderson County Woman Says There Is Still a Police Impersonator

The local Police Impersonator scare could still be on. Tyler police arrested a teen yesterday after she admitted to making up several stories about being pulled over by a fake officer, but a Brownsboro woman who had said she had a similar experience, is still standing by her story. 

"I don't want anyone to think I'm lying because this did happen to me," said 18-year-old Amanda Gordon. "I'm sorry she made it up."

Amanda says last Friday a man in a four door black car flashed his headlights at her. Amanda then pulled over thinking there was something wrong with her car. When she got out to check her tires the man in the car behind her placed a red flashing light on his car. That's when Amanda says she knew something wasn't right.

"I have a child," said Amanda. "I have one on the way. I have a husband. I have a job. Why would you want to lie? Why would you want attention? Why would you want someone to think someone is following you? I don't understand."

After 17-year-old Jennifer Shillcut of Tyler admitted to lying about being followed by a police impersonator, Tyler police say they have stopped their investigation. The Department of Public Safety says that doesn't mean someone couldn't do this.

"There is always a chance that somebody could take it upon themselves to try to stop another vehicle," said Jean Steely DPS Trooper. "We know that possibility exists, however, we also know that it is a very small percentage of the time that it would happen."

DPS also says law enforcement officials understand situations like this scare people.  They say police will not get mad at you if you do not pull over right away.  They say if you are unsure if a real officer is pulling you over, slow down, put your hazard lights on and pull into the nearest gas station or well lit area.  Then take a look at the vehicle and see if the officer is wearing the appropriate uniform.

"There are all kinds of policing agencies that are in and around this area," said Steely. "People need to be aware of what those police officers look like."

Amanda says she wanted others to know her story, so it doesn't happen to someone else. The Henderson County Sheriff's Department says it is taking Amanda's story seriously.

Molly Reuter,  reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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