Garvin Co. deputies searching for officer impersonator

GARVIN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - The Garvin County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man they say is pulling people over last week pretending to be a deputy.

The first incident happened on Wednesday when the impersonator, driving a black Dodge Charger equipped with a red and blue light, pulled a woman over near the hospital in Pauls Valley.

Sheriff Jim Mullett said the man was dressed in black and the handgun he was carrying did not fit in the holster.

"His gun belt didn't fit him and he didn't have a badge," Mullett said.

The impersonator said he was a Garvin County deputy and asked for the woman's license and registration.

The woman said she did not believe he was an officer and drove away.

The man followed the woman further into Pauls Valley and later drove off when she turned toward the sheriff's office.

The second time happened Saturday when a woman, who works as a dispatcher, left the Artesian Casino in Sulphur.

She headed north on Highway 177 toward Garvin County to the intersection of Highway 29 where she was pulled over by the man.

"With her being a dispatcher, she questioned the validity of the deputy," Mullett said.

The man said he was a Garvin County deputy but would not say his name.

"She just said 'I just don't recognize your voice' and that's when he turned around left," Mullett said.

The man was last reported driving back toward Sulphur.

Mullett said deputies were dispatched after the second incident but the suspect was not found.

Mullett said there are no Dodge Chargers in the fleet and that officers will always be in uniform and be able to present their badge.

When making a traffic stop, officers always call in their location and the tag number for the stopped vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white man, 5' 10" tall with short blond or light brown hair and tattoos on his neck, arms and hands.

He also is believed to have one tattoo under his eye.

If you believe you have been pulled over by a phony officer, call 911 immediately, even if you are in the middle of the encounter.

Impersonating an officer in Oklahoma is punishable with up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Anyone who believes that they may have had an encounter with the impersonator is asked to call the Garvin County E911 at 405-238-9900.

If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-855-211-STOP. Your tip could earn you up to $1,000.00. All information received will remain anonymous.