Man impersonating a police officer in Greene County

GREENEVILLE (WATE) – The Greene County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a man who is impersonating a police officer.

A Greeneville man called the Greene County Sheriff’s Department just after 10 p.m. Monday after being pulled over on Edens Road in Tusculum.

Imagine getting pulled over by a police officer and having your car searched only to later find out the person was not a real officer well that’s exactly what happen to Tracy Darnell Monday night.

"He pulled me over, come up to the window and told me to get out of the truck so I got out the truck and he said he give me two options to let him search my truck or go to jail," said Darnell.
“He pulled me over, come up to the window and told me to get out of the truck so I got out the truck and he said he give me two options to let him search my truck or go to jail,” said Darnell.

He says the man had his hand on his gun the entire time and he didn’t have anything to hide so he let the search happen.

“He took everything out of the dash, went under the seat, looked behind the seat, went through my tool box and slung everything out,” said Darnell. “I didn’t want to argue with him because I didn’t know if he was real or not until he just jumped in his car and took off that’s when I realized he couldn’t be real.”

According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the man was driving a black Ford Crown Victoria similar to cars used by local law enforcement agencies.

So if this were to happen to you, how can you protect yourself?

Officers with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department say call 911 and stay on the phone the entire time. They also say the officer should have no problem identifying themselves.

“People like that need to be put behind bars because they can kill somebody or if its a woman rape them, kidnap them whatever,” said Darnell.

We asked the sheriff’s department if this was happening frequently, they told me this is the only incident in the county so far.

According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the man is being described between 5 feet, 8 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 140 pounds, with a dark goatee and short dark hair.

Anyone with information can contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Department at 423-798-1800.

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