A Message from the Sheriff’s Dept.
The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of reports on social media sites from a motorist reporting someone impersonating a law enforcement officer in the Fairview community. The incident involves a Dodge Charger following the reporting party closely, putting on their bright lights, and activating blue light before speeding off. The Sheriff’s Office advises anyone driving that is unsure that the person attempting a traffic stop is actually a law enforcement officer, to turn their interior lights on, and motion that they are attempting a stop at the next exit if on the interstate; or at the next, safe, parking lot or side street. If motorists are not comfortable executing those actions, they should call 911, and relay their concerns to the dispatcher, complete with their location, the make and model of the car they are driving, and a description of the car that is attempting to make the traffic stop.
Per NC General Statute 20-130.1 (c ), “It is unlawful for any person to possess a blue light or to install, activate, or operate a blue light in or on any vehicle in this State, except for a publicly owned vehicle used for law enforcement purposes or any other vehicle when used by law enforcement officers in the performance of their official duties.” If motorist suspect that someone is impersonating a law enforcement officer they should contact the Sheriff’s Office as soon as possible.