Park Ridge Police Investigate Suspicious Incident
Park Ridge Police are investigating a suspicious incident which occurred in the 1000 Block of Parkwood on July 9, 2013 at approximately 4:00 pm. At that time, a 41year old female motorist was stopped by an unknown male driving a white, older model vehicle. According to witnesses, the male subject used his hands to motion the female motorist to the side of the road. He then parked his vehicle behind hers and approached her driver’s side door on foot. The male subject engaged in a conversation with the female motorist and inquired if she was ok. He also requested her driver’s license and insurance card. Witnesses relate that the subject’s vehicle may have been equipped with flashing lights and that he wore clothing similar to a police uniform. After the encounter, the male subject returned to his vehicle and left the area. The female motorist related that, based on the totality of the circumstances, she was being stopped by a police officer. The Park Ridge Police have no independent verification of any legitimate law enforcement activity in the area at the time. Investigators are seeking any information about the incident.
The male subject is described as older, heavy set, possibly 5’10 and 200 pounds driving a white, two door, passenger car with extensive rust on the rear end.
The Park Ridge Police also remind motorists that when being stopped by an unmarked police vehicle, it is lawful indicate to the officer that they would be more comfortable proceeding to a well-lit, populated area. This can be accomplished by activating the vehicle’s hazard lights, visually acknowledging the officer’s attempt of stopping them and slowly driving to the nearest lit and or populated area. Law enforcement officers understand the uncertainty motorists may have when being stopped by an unmarked police vehicle. Motorists are encouraged to call 911 during an encounter with an unmarked police car if they have concerns as to the legitimacy of the officer.