GRANT COUNTY, Wisconsin (KWWL) — The Grant County Sheriff's Office is reporting of a person impersonating an officer. The incident happened between 7:00-7:30 am on March 26th.
A citizen of Grant County was pulled over by what looked like an unmarked squad car on Highway 80 near Sinsinawa Rd. close to the town of Hazel Green. The person pulled over stated that the vehicle was an older style black Chevrolet Impala with red and blue lights mounted in the upper windshield. There was also a spot light on the driver door. It is presumed that the car is a decommissioned squad car.
The reporting party was approached by a man wearing a light brown uniform top and black pants. The suspect was not wearing a badge or name tag. There were however patches on both shoulders of the uniform top saying "Sheriff Department."
The suspect came to the reporting party's door and asked where he was going. When the reporting party said he was on his way to work, the suspect told the driver the State of Wisconsin was shut down. In addition, the suspect said to the reporting party he needed a permit from his employer to drive, but stated that he would let it go this time. The suspect returned to his vehicle. The reporting party felt something wasn't right about the whole contact and left.
The suspect was described to be a white male, mid 30's or early 40's, short brown hair and some stubble for facial hair. It appeared he was not armed. Richland County had an incident similar to this reported two days before with the same physical description of the offender.
If anyone has any information regarding the incident, please contact the Grant County Sheriff's Office or local authorities right away. If someone is stopped by a similar vehicle and something feels off, call 911 immediately. This matter is still under investigation.