Superior Police Investigating Officer Impersonator

By KBJR News 1

Superior Police Investigating Officer Impersonator

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The Superior Police Department is investigating a report of a man impersonating a police officer early Monday morning.

Superior Police say a resident called 911, asking about a traffic stop that had just occurred near the Superior Post Office, however authorities with the Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office nor the Wisconsin State Patrol had any records of that traffic stop.

The caller says that the traffic stop occurred in the alley just to the east of the Post Office sometime after 1:00 AM Monday morning.

It was reported that a man described as being white, 6 feet tall in his mid 30's with a light mustache and beard approached the caller's car while it was parked in the alley.

The suspect was wearing a Superior Police Department baseball cap, dark dress pants and a navy blue t-shirt labeled "SPD".

The caller says the suspect was driving a blue car, similar to a Chevrolet Lumina that had flashing blue and red lights in the dashboard area.

The suspect allegedly identified himself as "Officer Darg" and said that the car was being stopped because it was suspicious to be in the alley.

The victim says they did not see a police badge or firearm on the suspect.

The suspect then asked for the reporting party's driver's license, proof of insurance and registration. The victim cooperated and provided the information. When the suspect came back, he said that the insurance was not up to date and then released the caller from the traffic stop.

The Superior Police Department says that they do not employ an "Officer Darg" and has no record of any law enforcement officer making this traffic stop.

The Superior Police Department is advising residents that a majority of vehicle contacts are initiated by marked police cars. The department does utilize unmarked vehicles, but in all cases, official police department officers will be in a uniform displaying the badge or in plain clothes displaying a badge and have a firearm.

All legitimate officers would also present such credentials if not immediately visible or when asked.

If you suspect you have been stopped, or are being signaled to stop, by someone impersonating an officer you should immediately call
“911” as the staff there can immediately determine if the traffic stop is legitimate.

Additionally, if you are being stopped by an officer, you are advised to place your hazard/flasher lights on, and slowly proceeding to the police department, or a well lit public place, such as an open gas station.

Police say this is the first report in Superior of an officer impersonation, however other reports of persons impersonating a police officer have recently occurred in the Northland.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns