UPDATE: Possible police impersonator reported in Green Lake Co.

UPDATED Friday, June 13, 2013 --- 8:53 a.m.

From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:

GREEN LAKE COUNTY - Authorities in Green Lake County are looking for a man who may be impersonating a police officer. The sheriff's department says Wednesday night a man claimed he was pulled over in the Town of Seneca on County Highway E.

The Green Lake County Sheriff's Department says a man told officers he was pulled over by what he thought was a police officer. The supposed officer was driving a black Ford Crown Victoria with the word "police" on the side and 911 on the back quarter panel. The man who got out of the vehicle was dressed like an officer - but something was wrong.

"Citizens get to know law enforcement officers, the law enforcement community, how we act and it just didn't add up," explained Mark Putzke the Chief Deputy for the Green Lake County Sheriff's Department. He told FOX 11 the alleged stop turned strange.

According to Putzke the man, "asked for a driver's license, name, social security number."

The driver told authorities the supposed officer let him go, even though the driver admitted he had a suspended license. The driver also told authorities the other man then followed him nearly to Oshkosh. That's when he called the sheriff's department.

"We had no units in the area that had conducted any stop like that," said Putzke.

Putzke told us an officer would never ask for your social security number or let a suspended driver go.

He said this impersonation is a stark reminder citizens need to be careful when they're pulled over.

"Pull over in front of a residence, pull over in front of a place that's lit up," advised Putzke.

Putzke also recommended, if you are pulled over and you're worried that it's not legitimate, you can call 911 and the dispatcher can confirm whether it's a real officer.

"Be proactive in how they drive around and aware that this happened, but no one needs to panic over this," said Putzke.

Putzke told us his department is working with area agencies to solve this.

"The public has a trust in the law enforcement community and when someone violates that trust by impersonating we take that very seriously," he explained.

The Green Lake County Sheriff's Department asks if you have any information about this situation, call them at 294-4000.

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Posted Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 8:58 a.m.

From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:

GREEN LAKE COUNTY - Green Lake County officials are investigating a possible case of police impersonation.

Deputies say late Wednesday night, someone reported being pulled over on Highway E, west of Highway F in the town of Seneca. That is about four miles west of Berlin. The driver said the man wrote a warning, then followed the driver east into Berlin and eventually into Winnebago County to the west side of Oshkosh. The possible impersonator then turned around and headed back to the west.

The man who made the traffic stop was wearing a dark uniform with a badge, but no name tag. He was wearing a police duty belt. His car was a black Ford Crown Victoria with "police" written on the side and "911" on the rear quarter panel. it had red and blue lights on the inside dash.

Anyone with information or who has seen a similar vehicle is asked to call the Green Lake Co. Sheriff's Office at (920) 294-4000.


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