CARLINVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - The Macoupin County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating another complaint about police impersonation.
Sheriff Don Albrecht says around 11 p.m. on March 11 an 18-year-old female called the sheriff's office and said someone in a plain silver vehicle with red and blue flashing lights in the headlight area had tried to pull her over on State Route 16 near Stagecoach Road.
The teen said the vehicle came up behind her quickly and was swerving from side to side while the lights were activated. She said her 19-year-old boyfriend was with her in the car and that she did not stop.
The vehicle then passed the victim and slowed to 30 miles per hour.
The victim says she then passed the suspect's vehicle, and the suspect then passed her again with the flashing lights activated. The vehicle then sped away toward the Village of Royal Lakes, near Shipman, Ill.
After she dropped off her boyfriend, she called police, who told her to drive to the Gillespie Police Department and wait for a deputy to take her report.
Deputies from Macoupin and Jersey counties came to the area but could not find the suspect's vehicle, which is described as a late model, silver, squared-off, four-door passenger car with dark windows and red and blue flashing lights in the headlight area.
This is the third police impersonation case Macoupin County deputies have investigated in recent weeks.
The other two incidents happened in February; the first in mid-February in the Girard-Virden area, and the second on February 16 on State Route 16, west of Shipman, Ill.
The suspect in that incident pulled a 21-year-old woman over in an unmarked car with red and blue lights on the dashboard. After taking the woman's driver's license the suspect told the victim he had suspected her vehicle was stolen, but was wrong.
He was described as Caucasian, standing around 6' tall with brown hair, brown eyes, a square-shaped face without facial hair or glasses. He was wearing a blue button-up shirt with the word "Police" embroidered on the front and a baseball cap, also with the word "Police" embroidered on the front.
Sheriff Albrecht has not said if the police impersonation incidents in February are related to the most recent incident.
Twenty-eight years ago a man impersonating police in Macoupin County killed a 16-year-old girl, and Sheriff Albrecht says they have not forgotten the seriousness of the crime.
Anyone who feels unsafe while being stopped by a police-like vehicle should drive at a safe speed to a safe public location with lights and other people around, or the nearest law enforcement office.
Drivers can also call 911 and report why they are not pulling over immediately.
Anyone with information should contact the Macoupin County Sheriff's Office at 217-854-3135. Tips can also be reported anonymous to CrimeStoppers at 800-352-0136. Callers may be eligible for a cash reward.