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Authorities search for man impersonating deputy in Lawndale

February 21, 2012 |  6:09 pm

On Tuesday, a motorist was pulled over by what appeared to be an L.A. County sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle in Lawndale. He had flashing red-and-blue lights and wore a tan shirt and green pants.

But it turns out the deputy wasn't the real deal, and now authorities are looking for someone impersonating an officer.

The man, described as a white man between 35 and 40, pulled over a motorist near the intersection of 147th Street and Inglewood Avenue.

Although he had most of his uniform together, the badge didn't look right to the motorist.

The motorist asked the deputy what station he was assigned to, but rather than answer,  the would-be cop climbed back on his motorcycle and took off.

Because of the incident, sheriff's officials reminded motorists to look for signs of a fake stop:

* Stop in a well-lighted area

* Ask the officer or deputy to identify himself or herself, especially if they are dressed in plain clothes (all deputies are required to carry an identification card while on duty)

* Take note if the uniform seems unusual

* Beware of any strange requests or overly personal questions


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