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1/17/08-Van Zandt County

Fake Officer Tries To Pull Over East Texas Woman

She was pulled over late at night on a dark East Texas road, by who she thought was a police officer, but turns out he wasn't. A Canton dispatcher says she was followed Wednesday night by someone posing as an officer in her own county's Sheriff's Department. While she was able to recognize it as a fraud, she says East Texans who can't, need to be on alert.

It was dark and misty and raining," she says, not wanting to be identified.

The Canton Police Department dispatcher says she left work around 7 o'clock. She says while driving home on Highway 64, she saw lights flashing behind her.

"So I went ahead and pulled over. A black man approached me. He was dressed in a plaid dress shirt and jeans. He says 'My name is Deputy Jackson with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, I stopped you for littering.'  So I said 'Well Hi I work for the Canton Police Department you must be new I haven't met you.' About that time somebody was getting out of the passenger seat of the car. That's when he told [the passenger] 'Don't worry about it, she works for the Canton Police Department,she's fine,'" the woman explains.

At that time he got back in the car and sped off.  Immediately, the dispatcher called work to see if there really was a Deputy Jackson.  

"I didn't realize anything bad until I started driving off, then I started calling and I said 'Oh My God what just happened to me,'" she says.

Not only does the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office not have anyone by that name, they don't have anyone that even fits his description.  

"I didn't see a gun ,I didn't see a badge. It happened so fast.  Everything just started to click. This ain't right," she says.

Authorities say situations like this have the potential to be very dangerous, especially on dark county roads.  

"Just make sure when you leave somewhere that somebody knows where you going and when you are coming back or it is always best if you are female to find a well lit area," says Investigator Kenneth Martin with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office.

But for this woman, there's relief it was not much worse.  

"It was scary. I mean luckily God was watching over me and I work here.  There is no telling what would have happened to me."

Now, authorities are asking for your help. If you know anyone that fits the description and drives a dark car possibly a Mercury or Marquis to please call the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office.

Danielle Capper, Reporting dcapper@kltv.com

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