A man impersonated a police officer and pulled someone over earlier this week.
According to a release from the Calgary Police Service, the suspect used a flashing red and blue light to pull over a vehicle on 69th Street SW on Tuesday.
The suspect, who had been driving a white Honda Civic, then went on to tell the driver that he could either go to jail or pay a fine right there.
The driver did not comply, and after being asked to show a badge, the suspect returned to his car and fled the scene.
“The suspect is described as a black male in his 30s, approximately 6’ tall, bald, with a muscular build and tattoos,” according to the release.
“He was wearing a white T-shirt with the words ‘Canadian Special Forces’ written in red lettering as well as jeans, with a knife and baton on his belt.”
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While the law states that it is a legal requirement to pull over when police lights are flashing behind you, the Calgary Police Service has supplied some tips in case you find yourself in a similar situation.
They said that it is very rare for an out of uniform police officer in an unmarked vehicle to pull someone over, but it can happen. Drivers have the right to ask for identification from the officer, and officers are required to have both their badge and ID on them.
It is also stated in the release that officers will always identify themselves as police officers when pulling someone over, and will never demand money.
Police are asking that anyone with information on the suspect should contact the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, anonymously through Crimestopper by calling 1-800-222-8477, or online at calgarycrimestoppers.org.