Grande Prairie RCMP are warning people to be on alert after a man reportedly tried to impersonate a police officer.

Officials said at around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, a woman was pulled over on Highway 2, north of Grande Prairie, by an unknown man in an SUV with flashing lights and a siren.

According to police, the suspect requested the woman’s documentation and asked her to exit the vehicle.

When the man did not provide a badge number or his name, the woman drove away unharmed.

“Due to the darkness and time of day, it would be very difficult to determine any reason why not to stop,” said RCMP Const. Michelle Mosher.

Police describe the suspect as:

  • Caucasian
  • Tall with medium length hair
  • Unshaven and unkept
  • Wearing a heavy-duty work coat and black pants

Unfortunately, red and blue police-like lights are readily available from websites like EBay and Amazon – making it difficult for drivers to decipher ‘real’ from ‘fake’.

RCMP said motorists should be vigilant and ask to see police identification. If a driver is unsure about a vehicle that has pulled them over they can ask that a marked police car respond or call 911.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Grande Prairie RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

With files from CTV’s Kim Smith