Aberdeen woman says fake cops pulled her over



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Posted on August 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 31 at 5:46 PM

ABERDEEN, Wash. - An Aberdeen woman wonders what might have happened to her if her boyfriend had not been riding with her Tuesday night.

"I'm really glad Billy was there," said Kalli Bunch.

The 27-year-old was driving her boyfriend home Tuesday night when she noticed flashing blue and red lights coming from a white car that had been following her.

She wasn't convinced the car was a police car until the driver started shining a spotlight from the driver's side mirror.

"I'm like, yeah, that's definitely a cop, I'm pulling over," Bunch said.

Her boyfriend had been sitting with the passenger seat reclined.

When Bunch pulled into a dark, vacant lot her boyfriend started to raise his seat and put his head out the window.

That's when the two men in the white car drove off.

Bunch called 911 and the dispatcher told her she had not been pulled over by a real police officer.

Police Captain John Green could not recall many police impersonator cases in Aberdeen in his 28 years on the force.

"So, we're very concerned," said Green.

Green said if someone believes the person pulling them over is not a legitimate officer, the driver should stop in a well-lit, populated area and call 911. The dispatcher should know if the traffic stop is legal.

Bunch's boyfriend described the car as a white Ford Escort, she thinks it looked more like an undercover police car.

She's glad she didn't find out what the men intended to do with her after she pulled over.

She's also glad police now know about the incident.

"If it wasn't a prank, I had someone with me," said Bunch, "But the next person might not."