Utah woman says fake cop pursued her for miles, stopped her

Oct 16, 2022, 12:55 PM | Updated: Oct 17, 2022, 11:33 am

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A woman said a driver, apparently impersonating law enforcement, followed her, harassed her for several miles and even forced her to stop during an early morning encounter Friday that led her to call 911.

Tori, who asked that her last name not be used for safety reasons, told KSL TV on Friday that she was returning home from Draper at around 2 a.m. Friday morning on northbound Interstate 15 when she noticed a silver Chevy Silverado enter the freeway and begin to flash a set of green and white lights.

“This guy kept pulling in front of my car and slamming on the brakes and trying to get me to pull over on the freeway,” the woman said. “I was scared out of my mind — it’s not fun.”

Tori said once she was off the freeway and heading westbound on 7200 South, the driver of the Silverado acted even more aggressively, forcing her to stop.

“He pulled in front of me and blocked two lanes of traffic,” she said.

At that point, the driver got out, according to Tori.

“He was wearing this fake police uniform — like it looked like it was from Spirit Halloween,” she said. “He was, like, calling me names and just telling me I had been driving like a maniac, but I had just been driving super cautious.”

Tori showed the unknown man that she was on the phone with 911.

“Once I started asking for information — like his badge number and what department he worked for — he kind of just backed off,” the woman said.

The Utah Highway Patrol confirmed the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center dispatch received the call from the woman but dispatch ultimately told the woman, who at the time was on the phone in Midvale, to go to the nearest police department, which was in Taylorsville.

A call to a Taylorsville Police Department spokesman was not immediately returned Friday.

Tori said she was sharing her story to alert others because the driver remained out there somewhere, and she feared he may attempt to do the same with someone else.

“I don’t know what his motives were — if he was trying to scam people or try to, like, hurt people,” Tori said. “I just don’t want it to happen to other people — it was really scary to go through.”

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