Man impersonating TCSO deputy pulls over drivers, tells them to go home under Stay Home order

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March 25, 2020 - 5:57 pm

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Officials with the Travis County Sheriff's Office say they've received reports of an imposter pulling people over Wednesday morning on the first day of the region's "Stay Home, Work Safe" orders.

TCSO says several calls came in reporting a large, unmarked black SUV, similar to a Chevrolet Tahoe or Cadillac Escalade, pulling them over and claiming to be a TCSO deputy. The man walked to the back bumper of their vehicle, refusing to get any closer, and told the drivers to go home, citing the orders now in effect.

When the drivers attempted to show the man paperwork identifying themselves as essential employees, he refused to look at the documents and ordered the drivers to go home.

TCSO officials say that all traffic stops are conducted by fully marked units. Deputies will be wearing a uniform, will come to the driver's window, and will accept identification.

If you are ever concerned that you are being pursued by or pulled over by a legitimate peace officer, officials say you should turn on your hazard lights and call 911. If the officer is real, the hazard lights will provide an indication that you are aiming to comply.

Anyone who may have been stopped by this vehicle today is encouraged to call (512) 974-0845, option 3, or (512) 854-1444 and report it.

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