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Gypsum: Fake cops stop driver

Matt Zalaznick
Vail CO, Colorado
Sketch courtesy of Eagle County Sheriff's OfficeA sketch of one of the men suspected of impersonating a police officer to pull over a driver in Gypsum. Sketches of the other two suspects are below.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Three men impersonating police officers pulled a driver over near Costco on Highway 6 in Gypsum Tuesday night, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.

The three men wore dark clothing and “appeared official,” the Sheriff’s Office says.

The dark cars the man were driving had red-and-blue lights in the windshield.

One of the men was reported to be in his 40s with salt-and-pepper hair. The other two were both in their 20s, one with dark hair and the other with blond.

The Sheriff’s Office warns drivers to be cautious if they are pulled over by a vehicle that is not a clearly marked police cruiser or if ” your gut is telling you that something is not quite right.”

In those cases, drivers should slow down and signal their intent to pull over to indicate they are not trying to get away, but only pull over in a well-lit public place where there are people around.

Drivers who have cell phones can also call 911 and the dispatchers will know whether a real police officer or sheriff’s deputy has made the traffic stop. If it is not a real police officer, the dispatcher also can send help.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip by calling Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, or by submitting your tip online at There is a reward of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to an arrest or indictment.

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