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How to react if you suspect being pulled over by police imposter

The unlawful use of flashing lights is a misdemeanor offense. (Photo source: WLOX) The unlawful use of flashing lights is a misdemeanor offense. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The deadly incident in Hancock County on Wednesday is drawing attention to the possibility of you seeing a police imposter. 

Sgt. Josh Bromen with Gulfport Police has some advice for what drivers should do if they think they're being pulled over by someone who's not a law enforcement officer. 

"If you don't feel like this is a legitimate law enforcement officer, call 911 and know your not alone and know that help is on the way," Bromen said. 

If 911 is called, Bromen says another officer should respond. He also advises to get to a well lit and populated area before pulling over, in addition to the following steps:

1. Reduce speed 
2. Turn on hazard lights 
3. Don't drive reckless 
4. Acknowledge the officer 
5. Call 911

"In most cases where these imposters have been confronted with a 911 call, or they've been confronted with someone pulling in, they've just peeled off and left because ultimately they don't want to get caught," Bromen said. 

Gulfport police typically won't make routine traffic stops with unmarked cars, and traffic patrols are usually done in clearly marked vehicles. 

It is against Mississippi state law for anyone other than on duty law enforcement officers to use or display blue lights while driving a vehicle. 
    
The unlawful use of flashing lights is a misdemeanor offense.

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