A Little Elm resident reported being pulled over by a man impersonating a police officer complete with a fake siren and light while donning a fake mustache with visible tape.
Police said the resident was turning north on Wynfield Road from Eldorado Parkway at about 7:20 p.m. Sunday when she was stopped by a man driving a dark-colored Chevrolet Suburban.
She said he had a single red flashing light (similar to those used in the early 1960s) on the roof and a speaker system simulating a siren.
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The man, who was described as a short white or Hispanic male in his early 20s, wore "blue denim Dickies-style pants, a blue Dickies-style shirt, and a ball cap," and had no police ID or badge, police said.
Alongside the fake siren and light, there was a dead giveaway showing the man was an imposter, the resident said.
“The victim reports that the individual was even wearing a fake mustache, apparently in an effort to hide his true identity,” said Rodney Harrison, Little Elm Chief of Police. "The fake facial hair appeared to be hurriedly applied, since she could see the tape holding it to his face."
Harrison said the man retreated to his car after the resident asked him to see some sort of police identification. She couldn’t record his license plate.
Harrison said it’s a felony to impersonate a peace officer and that all instances are taken seriously.
"Doing so is not a joke. Anyone playing a prank of this nature is subject to arrest and prosecution," Harrison said.
The resident was safe, and police are now looking for the imposter. Sgt. Drew Mitchell is handling calls for anyone with tips, and can be reached at 214-975-0460.
Police said anyone who encounters a police imposter or impersonater should call 911.