CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A man was pulled over by a "fake" police officer while driving in Cape Coral. Someone in an unmarked SUV pulled that man over, but didn't show a badge.
According to Cape Coral Police, that man saw a car quickly coming up behind him, he was ordered to pull to the side of the road by a PA system. He had no idea why he was being pulled over, he asked to see a badge, but that imposter got in his car and left.
Vincent Degooyer from Cape Coral, pulled over on the side of the road, but not aware he had broken the law. Police say an SUV came up behind him, flashing it's headlights, alerting the driver he needed to pull over, but when he was ordered to pull over through a PA system in the SUV, he obeyed the law and did so.
According to the report, a Hispanic man approached his window, he asked if he knew why he was being pulled over, Degooyer said, "No." Police say that man yelled at Degooyer and told him to get his tail light fixed.
Now, police say that man is about 25 years of age, 5'10, wearing a black polo, black pants and a police belt that had handcuffs hanging from the belt. The vehicle is described as a newer Chevy SUV with tinted windows.
That "unmarked" SUV did not have emergency signals. The police department does say all of their officers will provide identifcation when asked.
If there is ever a situation where you are being "pulled over" and you are unsure of the vehicle that is making the stop, here are some tips:
1. Proceed slowly and safely to the nearest point of safety- preferably a well-lit, open, populated area, like a store parking lot. The officer will understand and will appreciate the safer environment in which to conduct their traffic stop.
2. If you still have concerns, you can contact Cape Coral Police Department Communications at (239) 574-3223and they can confirm for you that the car/officer is legitimate.
3. Finally, if something just does not seem right, contact Cape Coral Police Department Communications and proceed slowly and safely to the Cape Coral Police Department at 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard.
If you have any information on the identity of this subject, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at239-574-3223. You can also submit an anonymous tip. Go to http://www.capecops.com/tips or text a tip- text CCPD+"Your Message" to CRIMES (274637). Finally, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.