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Teen pulled over near Perham by possible officer impersonator

Local law enforcement is warning drivers to be on the lookout for a man who may be impersonating a police officer.

Shortly before midnight last Tuesday, a juvenile female reported being pulled over along Highway 78 near Perham by a man she later surmised was not a real officer.

According to her report, relayed by Otter Tail County Sheriff Brian Schlueter, the man drove a dark-colored vehicle and was “acting weird.” The girl stayed in her own vehicle while talking to the man. She said he didn’t act like a member of the law enforcement community.

After driving off, the girl contacted authorities, who later said no officers had reported a traffic incident at that place and time, suggesting the man was not a real officer.

The public is reminded to stay safe while being pulled over.

“The rule of thumb,” said Schlueter, “is to lock your doors, stay in the vehicle and if you have suspicions, call 911 right away. If things don’t seem right, contact authorities right away.”

The case remains under investigation.

Area residents with information or questions should call the sheriff’s office at 218-998-8555.