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SLCPD Warns About Driver Possibly Impersonating Police Officer

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is warning community members about a driver possibly impersonating a police officer.

This investigation started at 3:21 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, when a person reported a suspicious circumstance involving the driver of a dark colored sedan with red and blue lights on the car flashing.

The incident happened on Interstate 80 in between the Airport exit and Redwood Road and was last seen on 400 South near Emery Street.

At this point, it is unknown if the suspect driver was using the red and blue lights on their car, while moving, to attempt to pull someone over or to get through traffic faster.

The suspect’s car is described, possibly, as a black Dodge Charger.

The car had blue and red lights embedded, and flashing, in the fog lights.

The suspect’s car reportedly had a female passenger.

Neither the driver nor passenger had any visible law enforcement marking on their clothing.

At the time, there were no SLCPD officers or Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) troopers in unmarked cars attempting traffic stops.

Based on the placement, pattern, positioning of, and the brightness of, the lights, and the lack of red and blue lights, the Salt Lake City Police Department does not believe the car belongs to any law enforcement agency.

Officers searched the area for the suspect car but have not been able to find it or identify the driver.

While the Salt Lake City Police Department utilizes unmarked police cars, these vehicles are equipped with multiple, high-visibility red and blue lights and have sirens and public address systems that immediately distinguish and validate their law enforcement purpose.

Except for authorized emergency vehicles, Utah law prohibits how people can use red and blue lights while operating a vehicle.

Utah law also prohibits a person from impersonating a police officer.

A photo of the suspect’s car is being released due to public safety concerns.

Anyone with specific information on this case, or the identity of the driver, is asked to call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 23-200561.

If a community member is being pulled over and has questions or concerns, they should call 9-1-1 immediately.

1 – A dark colored sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger, is shown with flashing red and blue lights.