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Police impersonator attempts third traffic stop near Buda, Kyle


For a third time in less than two weeks, a driver reported an attempt to pull over a vehicle in eastern Hays County by a man impersonating a public servant.

At about 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, a man was driving on FM 2001 near Windy Hill Road when a pickup began following with red and blue emergency lights, sheriff’s spokesperson Dennis Gutierrez said. The man pulled over for what he thought was a traffic stop, but drove away when he saw that the suspect was wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

The suspect is described as a white man, standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a medium build and medium length brown hair, Gutierrez said.

Similar incidents were reported east of Kyle and Buda on FM 2001 on March 16 and March 23. Anyone with information about the impersonations can call the Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512-393-7896 and speak with the Criminal Investigations division or Hays County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-324-TIPS (8477).

A driver who is unsure about the legitimacy of a law enforcement traffic stop by an unmarked vehicle should activate his emergency flashers and drive at the speed limit to the nearest lighted area, Sheriff Gary Cutler said today in a press release. The driver can also call 911 to tell a dispatcher of your concerns and where you are stopping, Cutler said.

Law enforcement officers are required to carry official identification cards and can be asked to produce them whether they are in uniform or plain clothes, Cutler said.