Hockley County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating several reports of an unmarked vehicle attempting to make traffic stops along US Highway 62/82 between Ropesville and the Lubbock County line.
According to Sheriff Ray Scifres, August 17th was the first report, at approximately 5:55 pm that day, 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 vehicle.
More recently, on September 20th at approximately 7:10 PM, a caller reported a subject driving a black Ford SUV with 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 cases, 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.
Any one with the information on these incidents, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 894-3126. Each case is currently under investigation.