Man could be pretending to be police officer in Denison

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- A man could be driving around Denison pretending to be a police officer.

One woman said she got pulled over, knew something wasn't right and called the real police.

"I've just been on the lookout, just making sure, I mean I've seen the vehicle description and everything," said Grayson College student Willow Filstrup.

Filstrup lives in a Denison neighborhood near Woodlawn Boulevard.

That's the same neighborhood where a woman told police she got pulled over Thursday morning, but said it didn't look like a police car.

"By a person driving an older SUV, gray in color, had an old style red light on the top of it," said Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler.

Eppler said she described him as a white male in his 30's with a slender build, brown hair, clean shaven and wearing blue jeans.

He said according to the woman, the man said she was speeding and wanted her to get out of the car.

"He did not identify himself, did not show a badge or a gun," Eppler said.

She told police she knew something was off, so she drove away and the man didn't follow behind.

"It actually is very terrifying and it is definitely going to make me take precautions and everything, especially in the weeks following," Filstrup said.

Filstrup is from Austin, where she said this happened often, even to one of her friends.

But if it happens to her, she has a plan.

"What I plan to do is turn on my hazard lights and go to a public place," she said.

Which is exactly what police say to do.

Eppler said if you're being pulled over and you're not sure if the officer is legit, first, call 911.

"Then dispatch can find out if that really is an officer, and if it's not, then of course, you don't want people stopping and we will respond," Eppler said.

He said if you don't have a phone on you, drive to the police station or to a place with people around.

"If you're not sure, don't stop," Eppler said.

"It's better to be safe than sorry," Filstrup said.