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Teen recants story about Oklahoma trooper impersonator, authorities say

A 17-year-old girl who reported last week she was pulled over and handcuffed by a man who identified himself as an Oklahoma state trooper has recanted the story.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm •  Published: August 8, 2012

A 17-year-old girl who reported she was pulled over and handcuffed by a man who identified himself as a state trooper has recanted the story, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

The girl told Oklahoma City police she was driving west on Interstate 40 near Douglas Boulevard when she was pulled over about 8 p.m. July 31 by a car with flashing red and blue lights and a siren.

According to the police report, she said the man was wearing a dark-colored polo shirt with Oklahoma Highway Patrol embroidered on the left side of the chest. He handcuffed the girl and put her in the back of his vehicle and searched her car, she told police.

Authorities issued a warning for the public to be aware of what troopers and police look like when they approach motorists.

Police will investigate whether to seek criminal charges, Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

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