SPOKANE - Spokane Police are looking for a man who posed as a cop and pulled a woman over near the Gonzaga University campus early last week.
The incident happened on Tuesday October 5 near the intersection of Desmet Avenue and Cincinnati Street just east of campus. The Gonzaga student who was pulled over told police the fake officer had red and blue flashing lights in his car and was wearing a dark blue uniform.
Police say the fake officer told the Gonzaga student that she failed to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. The student said that the impostor checked her driver's license and then searched her car but left her unharmed.
"Fortunately nothing violent happened, but certainly there's the potential for that," Spokane Police Spokesperson Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said.
The woman thought the encounter was suspicious and called police. Gonzaga University sent an security alert email to students warning them about the incident.
If you are pulled over, Spokane Police say pull into a safe, lit area. If you're not sure you're dealing with a real officer, ask for identification or call 911 and ask for identification for the person that pulled you over.
"As a police officer, you're looking for positive interaction with the community. If you ask me for identification, I'm gladly going to show it," DeRuwe said.
The person who is posing as a cop is described as a white male in his early 40's. He's 5'11", with a medium build and blonde buzz cut hair. He was driving a tan Cadillac Escalade when he pulled over the student.
While the person responsible for this incident is still on the loose, another man is in jail for an unrelated case of police impersonation in Spokane. It happened at the end of September at Corbin Park. Police say Christopher Clough pretended to be a cop and threatened to arrest a 19-year-old girl if she didn't submit to his advances. Clough is facing kidnapping, rape, and impersonation charges.