A police impersonator has been pulling over women in Central Indiana. WTHR has the full story online.
Indiana law is very clear. In order for a police officer to stop a person for a traffic violation the officer must be in fully marked police vehicle or wearing a full police uniform. Indiana law doesn’t require both, but one or the other. The cases that have litigated this issue typically deal with undercover cars pulling over individuals for traffic violations. When these undercover officers exit their unmarked undercover vehicle these officers typically only have their badge on display or a vest or sweater marked with “Police.” This is clearly not enough and does not meet the requirements under Indiana Law.
If you or a loved one are driving and you see flashing lights behind you indicating that you are being pulled over, make note if the car is fully marked. Are the police lights on the top of the vehicle? Does the vehicle have the words “Police”, “Trooper” or “Sheriff” prominently displayed on the vehicle? If the vehicle is not a fully marked police vehicle, is the officer in a full uniform?
If you are being pulled over, slow down and pull into the safest well-lit area possible. Keep your doors locked until you are sure the person pulling you over is a legitimate Police Officer. If you have any doubts whatsoever, call 911 and explain the situation to them. They should be able to help you.
Attorney Marc Lopez has successfully taken to trial numerous cases involving whether officers were in a full uniform or fully marked car. If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, call Attorney Marc Lopez at 317 632 3642 to speak with him today. Or contact him through email.