truckers. The Miller County (AR) Sheriff's Office has issued a
warning for motorists to be on the look out for a man falsely
identifying himself as a police officer.
traveling both I-30 and U.S. Highway 67 between Texarkana and
Fulton are advised to take extreme caution, especially between
mile markers seven and 12.
9, the Arkansas Highway Police received information on a man reportedly
posing as an Arkansas Department of Transportation Officer pulling
drivers over. The traffic stops typically occurred within a five-mile
stretch on the interstate and the highway, which run parallel.
is described as a white male about 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall. He
is believed to be in his late 20s to early 30s, clean-shaven with
short blond hair and wearing either dark blue or black SWAT-type
clothing, said Capt. Toby Giles, Miller County chief deputy.
however, the suspect has no identifying law enforcement patches,
badges or personal identification on him. The man is also reported
to be driving an unmarked dark blue Chevrolet Caprice that displays
a blue emergency flashing light on the dashboard.
9, the suspect pulled over a truckdriver on U.S. 67, seemingly
to weigh the driver's vehicle. The trucker was asked to pay a
$300 fine in cash. Since the driver wasn't carrying that much
cash on him, the suspect accompanied him to a nearby truckstop,
where the trucker called his dispatcher before cashing a check,
dispatcher advised him to get a receipt from the man as well as
record the vehicle license plate number. The suspect soon after
fled the scene in his car as the trucker attempted to copy down
the man's license plate.
reported the alleged officer to be wearing a dark blue uniform
with baggy pants, badge, gun and a baseball cap with the letters
DOT on it. The trucker also described the suspect's vehicle as
having the letters DOT on the bottom portion of the driver's side
door and two antennas on the rear.
a similar incident occurred in the days following the first encounter.
In this instance, a trucker was pulled over, this time on I-30,
but the suspect fled after the trucker became suspicious.
incident occurred Sept. 17 at 2:45 a.m. on I-30 when the suspect,
this time described as wearing a cap with no markings, pulled
over two Texas women. He issued no citation, but told them he
stopped them because they changed lanes too soon after coming
out of a construction zone. He then left the two women parked
on the I-30 shoulder while he got back into his dark blue car
and left the scene.
anyone who gets pulled over by a vehicle matching these descriptions
to drive to the nearest public place or well-lighted area, then
ask politely for the person's identification.
who may have been pulled over or has any information about the
case should call the sheriff's office at (870) 774-2703, or call
Capt. Gary East of the District 4 Arkansas Highway Police in Hope
at (870) 777-5947.
--Keith Goble, staff writer