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Authorities asking drivers for information regarding possible Bay Village police imposter

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Posted at 10:40 AM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 10:40:26-04

Authorities are asking drivers for information regarding a possible police imposter in Bay Village. 

Shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, a 17-year-old girl was pulled over by the alleged imposter as she was driving on Rexford Avenue near Aberdeen Road, police said.

According to authorities, the man followed the girl a short distance before activating a blue flashing light on the roof of his dark-colored SUV. Police said the man did not use a spotlight, visor light or grill lights.

The girl described the person as a white man with brown hair and possibly over 6-feet tall. He appeared to be in his late 20s or 30s.

After the girl pulled her car over, the man approached her vehicle and shined a flashlight in her face. He said he stopped her for "going left of center" and asked her if she "had done anything bad or suspicious" earlier in the evening.

The man asked her driver's license and insurance card.  He never provided his name, police said.

Authorities said they have been unable to determine if the man is a legitimate law enforcement officer.

Anyone with information or knowledge of a similar incident is asked to contact the Bay Village Police Department at 440-871-1234.

Authorities said if you are in Bay Village and pulled over but are unsure if the person is an actual police officer, you can call the department and a dispatcher will be able to verify who is stopping you.