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Forum News Service, Published June 23 2013

Authorities investigating report of deputy sheriff impersonator in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. - The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a man impersonating a deputy sheriff on the Iron Range.

Authorities say that at about 3 a.m. Saturday, the man pulled up to the disabled car of a young woman at the intersection of county highways 4 and 16, about 10 miles south of Biwabik and Aurora in Colvin Township.

The woman reported that the man was wearing a St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office uniform and was driving a late 1980s black Pontiac Trans Am without a front license plate, and with red and blue lights mounted alongside the grille.

The man tried to get the young woman to leave with him, but she grew suspicious and was able to get her car started and drive away.

A similar incident was reported in January just a few miles away, on County Highway 4 about five miles south of Biwabik. In that case, two men in an unmarked car with dash-mounted emergency lights pulled over a female driver at night. The woman became suspicious and drove away without being pursued further. Officials said Saturday that they do not believe the two cases are connected.

The Sheriff’s Office said any motorist who is suspicious about a law enforcement officer should ask for identification and can call 911 to verify the circumstances of the traffic stop.