GODFREY, Ill. (KMOX) — Officials in Madison County are asking the public to be on high alert after a woman reported being stopped by a police impersonator in Godfrey.
The incident happened Friday around 6:15 p.m.
Authorities say the woman was driving on Godfrey Road, near Beuttel Road, when she was stopped by a white male driving a vehicle with a flashing blue light.
The vehicle in question was described as a larger passenger vehicle, possibly having four doors. The blue light used by the driver to stop the woman was a rotating dash mounted blue emergency light similar to the style used by volunteer emergency responders.
According to the press release issued by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office the man in his 30s or 40s approached the woman and warned her for a registration related offense. After a brief conversation he then re-entered his vehicle, and drove northbound on Godfrey Road toward Jersey County.
The suspect is described as being 6’1″ to 6’3″ with an average build. He has brown crew cut hair and no facial hair. Officials say the man was also wearing a blue button up shirt and dark pants.
The woman told police the suspect showed her a badge that was hanging from a chain around his neck.
Deputies have made contact with several area police agencies and have been unable to confirm that the subject was in fact a police officer.
In the past couple of months residents of Macoupin, Sangamon, and Calhoun Counties, in Illinois, have reported suspicious encounters with individuals possibly impersonating a police officer. Although there are similarities in several of the encounters it is unknown if the incidents are connected.
If anyone has information relating to this incident or has had a similar encounter you are being asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at the following phone numbers:
Main Dispatch: (618) 692-4433
Anonymous Tip-Line: (618) 296-3000
Falsely impersonating a police officer is a Class 4 Felony in the State of Illinois.