Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are on the lookout for someone who they say is impersonating a police officer and pulling vehicles over on Highway 17.
Investigators say, on Thursday, September 23, someone driving westbound on Highway 17 near McIsaac Drive, about a half-hour drive east of Mattawa and west of Deep River, noticed they were being followed by an older-model black vehicle.
The driver of the black vehicle activated police-style blue lights and motioned for the vehicle to pull over.
Police say a man got out of the car and approached the driver of the pulled-over vehicle. The suspect demanded to see the driver's license, insurance and registration and then requested the victim drive to another road.
The suspect then searched the vehicle and assaulted the victim.
The driver did not sustain injuries and reported the suspicious encounter to police.
The suspect is described as:
- Approximately 35-40 years old
- About 5' 8" (173 cm)
- Spoke clear English
- Was wearing clothing that included an OPP shoulder patch and a blue hat
The suspect vehicle is described as an unmarked older-model black sedan, equipped with emergency blue lights in the front grill.
The OPP says anyone can question the authenticity of the traffic stop and ask to see an officer's badge and warrant card. Some officers and off-duty officers may not be wearing uniforms but they will be able to provide you with the name of their service, detachment, badge number, rank and produce a badge and warrant card without delay. A uniformed officer may be requested to attend the location should the need arise.
Motorists who suspect they have been pulled over or confronted by a police impersonator should lock their doors and immediately call 9-1-1. Do not get out of your vehicle. If possible, try to write down a description of the person, their vehicle and their license plate as soon as it is safe to do so.
Anyone who witnessed this traffic stop or has any information about this incident is asked to contact Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (613) 735-0188. Anonymous tips can be given to Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online at ontariocrimestoppers.ca.