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Authorities looking for man impersonating officer along I-80 near York, Seward

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Posted at 5:16 PM, Mar 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 18:16:46-05

Seward and York county sheriff's offices are warning motorists of possible impersonator traveling in the area and along Interstate 80.

At about 5 a.m. Wednesday, a woman was on her way to work when a dark-colored vehicle activated emergency lights, causing her to believe law enforcement was signaling for her to stop about 3 miles east of York, she told York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff.

Once stopped, a man dressed in a dark green uniform and dark-colored cap approached her vehicle, "acting suspicious" and asking whether she was "working at a York interchange motel," Seward County Sheriff's Office said in a press release issued Wednesday. The man asked her to exit her vehicle, she said, and proceeded to conduct a search before allowing her to leave the scene without issuing any form or citation or even asking for any sort of identification of vehicle documentation, the press release states.

Radcliff reached out to Seward County Sheriff Joe Yocum, who determined that none of his deputies had been working in the area during the time the incident reportedly occurred, the release states.

Authorities said that anyone being followed by a vehicle they are not sure is law enforcement may call 9-1-1 and ask the dispatcher to confirm an officer is trying to make contact with them.

"Dispatchers can check where on-duty deputies or police officers are and can advise the nearest unit if there appears to be an impersonator attempting to stop them," the release states.

If you are unable to call, the release states, drive at a normal speed to the nearest high visibility area where witnesses are present before stopping.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the York County Sheriff's Office at 402-362-4927; the Seward County Sheriff's Office at 402-643-4578; or the Nebraska State Patrol at 402-471-4545.