A man driving a car with lights and a siren and dressed in a polo shirt that identified him as an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper handcuffed a teenager this week while he searched her car.
Authorities said the man was not a real trooper and they are warning others to be aware of what troopers and police look like when they approach motorists.
According to a police report, a 17-year-old girl was driving west on Interstate 40 near Douglas Boulevard when she was pulled over about 8 p.m. Tuesday. The car that pulled her over had flashing red and blue lights and a siren.
A man approached her driver's side window and informed her she had been speeding. The man was wearing a dark polo shirt with “Oklahoma Highway Patrol” embroidered on the left side of the chest.
The man asked the girl if he could search her car. The girl was handcuffed and put in the back of the man's car, a black Dodge Charger with white doors that had “Oklahoma Highway Patrol” on the side in blue letters with a white outline. The car contained a radio but no computer and did not have a spotlight, brush guard or many of the other features a law enforcement vehicle would have.
The man continued searching the car, returned and let the girl go, throwing her driver's license at her before speeding away.
Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said the report was disturbing because the man went to such great lengths to appear legitimate.
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