The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that they are investigating two incidents of fake police officers pulling over motorists on I-95.
The women that were pulled over both work as nurses at Jacksonville-area hospitals and gave law enforcement two different descriptions of the men that pulled them over.
In the first incident, authorities said that a nurse was on I-95 on the way to work when a car with flashing red and blue lights came on behind her.
She described a white male in his 50s with very short (or shaved hair) that approached her car asking for her driver’s license and stated she was speeding. She said he was wearing a tan uniform with a name tag of Moyer or Moer.
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While looking at her license and explaining the speed limit, the citizen noted the subject did not witness a gun or gun belt on the uniform. The driver also said the subject advised her the cost of the ticket, which would not have been an accurate cost for the violation and told her he was from St. Johns County.
St. Johns County deputies do not wear tan uniforms.
The fake cop told the nurse she could “consider this a warning” and handed her license back to her after studying it, authorities said.
In the second instance, a female nurse was traveling south on I-95 on her way home from work when red and blue lights -- apparently mounted at the top of the windshield -- came on behind her.
This time, the vehicle was described as a dark-colored Chevy 4-door sedan. She said the man who stopped her was a short, thin black male who wore rimmed glasses, a blue polo shirt and a black hat.
The woman said the man who pulled her over had a plastic tag around his neck which read “JSO Detective” and that he identified himself as a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detective.
As with the first incident, the fake cop said he stopped her for speeding and asked for her driver’s license. The driver stated he did not show a badge or any identification and did not appear to be armed with a firearm.
After returning her driver’s license, the suspect vehicle exited onto County Road 210 and was not seen again.
The St. Johns County and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Offices are continuing an investigation into these two events. Anyone who may have any information of the subjects mentioned or someone who may have talked about conducting traffic stops on citizens with unlawfully installed police equipment is asked to contact us at (904) 824-8304.
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