Is someone impersonating an officer? Hockley Co. investigating

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HOCKLEY COUNTY, Texas– On Thursday, the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office posted a news release on its social media account confirming it was notified of suspicious activity between Ropesville and the Lubbock County line, along U.S. Highway 62/82.

On three separate occasions, drivers reported an individual with red and blue lights in the windshield making attempts to conduct traffic stops. However, none were successful, according to Hockley County.

On August 17, just before 6:00 p.m., a driver reported a man driving a black Ford SUV, activated red and blue lights and “flashed a badge” to get him to pull over.

The driver called 911.

Two hours later, at approximately 7:45 p.m., a second individual reported similar activity, with the vehicle described as a black Chevrolet Tahoe, according to Hockley County.

Then, on September 20, at approximately 7:11 p.m., a caller reported a subject driving a black Ford SUV with lights activated. The sheriff’s office said it believed the individual was attempting to conduct a traffic stop.

Officials urge anyone with any information related to these three incidents, or have been involved in a similar incident, to call the sheriff’s office at (806) 894-3126.

The incidents remained under investigation.

Read the full news release below:

Hockley County Sheriff’s Office personnel have been notified of suspicious activity in the Ropesville area, between Ropesville and the Lubbock County line, along US Hwy. 62/82. On three occasions motorists have reported an individual with red and blue lights in the windshield has made attempts to conduct a traffic stop, however, no stop attempts were successful.

On August 17, 2020, at approximately 5:55 PM, a motorist reported a male subject driving a black Ford SUV activated red and blue lights and “flashed a badge” to get him to pull over. The driver called 911 to make an inquiry about whether known law enforcement personnel were attempting to make the stop. Approximately two hours later, at 7:46 PM, a second individual reported similar activity and the vehicle was described as a black Chevrolet Tahoe. Hockley County deputies searched the area in each instance but did not locate the suspect vehicle.

On September 20, 2020, at approximately 7:11 PM, a caller reported a subject driving a black Ford SUV had lights activated. It was believed the individual was attempting to conduct a traffic stop and deputies were dispatched to search the area. Personnel from multiple agencies searched the area and the vehicle was not located.

In each of the instances dispatchers were not notified of any law enforcement personnel attempting to stop vehicles or monitoring traffic in that area. Based on the information received these incidents are being investigated to determine if the individual is impersonating an officer.

If you have any information related to these incidents, or have been involved in similar incidents in Hockley County, please notify the Sheriff’s Office at (806) 894-3126. Each incident is currently under investigation

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