Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: February 17, 2016
Contact: Trooper Darren Wright
Phone: (509) 679-6228
Twitter: @wspd6pio

Possible Police Impersonator in Grant County

Royal City -- On February 16, 2016, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) received a report from a citizen who was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on State Route (SR) 26 near Royal City in Grant County. The circumstances of the citizen's interaction with the individual raised concerns about whether or not they were stopped by an actual law enforcement officer.

The possible police impersonator was described as wearing a black or dark colored uniform with patches on the shoulder, gun belt, baseball cap and sunglasses. A name tag with "Parker" on it was observed. The person is a medium-build white male approximately six feet tall with blond hair and a few days growth of facial hair. He was driving a white SUV with some type of marking or insignia on the door and emergency lights in the windshield.

The WSP advises citizens to call 911 anytime they have questions about a patrol vehicle stopping them. Be prepared to give your location, direction of travel and a description of your vehicle as well as the patrol vehicle. Citizens are advised not to increase speed, or attempt evasive actions when being stopped.

If you have any information about this person or incident, please contact Detective Matt Andersen or Detective Sergeant Kurt Adkinson at (509) 765-6175 or (509) 682-8090.