Emergency stop on I-80 may have been work of police impersonator, authorities say

Authorities believe a police impersonator pulled a woman over on Interstate 80, asked her odd questions and searched her vehicle.

The woman told York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff that she was 3 miles east of York, Nebraska, when she was pulled over by a dark-colored SUV with emergency lights activated. A man dressed in a dark green uniform and dark ball cap came up to her vehicle and told her she had been acting suspicious. He wanted to know if she worked at the York Interchange Motel, ordered her out of her car, searched it and then allowed her to leave. She wasn’t issued a citation, nor was she asked for her driver’s license.

No local or state law officers were working in the area at the time of the 5 a.m. traffic stop.

Seward County Sheriff Joe Yocum says people can call 911 or drive at normal speeds to the nearest high-visibility area if they have concerns about who is pulling them over.

Sheriff’s deputies will be monitoring the area.

Anyone with additional information can call the York County Sheriff’s Office at 402-362-4927, the Seward County Sheriff’s Office at 402-643-4578 or the Nebraska State Patrol at 402-471-4545.