MEADOW LAKE, N.M. (KRQE) – People are concerned after hearing about a man posing as a cop and trying to pull over drivers.
The Valencia County Sheriff’s Office said a woman called around 5 a.m. on Monday about a man in a pickup truck who pulled her over as she drove in Meadow Lake.
It is unclear what the man intended to do after stopping drivers.
“If it is females they are stopping, we have the concern about any kind of sexual assault or, of course, the robberies, carjacking. There’s just so many different things that can take place,” said Captain Gary Hall with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office said before the call from Meadow Lake, it had already gotten several other reports throughout the county.
All the callers described the same truck. “There was a silver in color, Dodge pickup that was stopping vehicles,” Capt. Hall said.
The same description was given in a Facebook post about a man pulling someone over in Tome, south of Los Lunas. More than 900 people shared that warning on Facebook.
Reports show the truck had a red light along the back and no license plate; the driver wore dark clothes.
“We had units up in the Meadow Lake area,” Capt. Hall said. “We did locate the vehicle.”
He said deputies may also have located the driver.
Capt. Hall said deputies are investigating a person of interest whose alibi didn’t check out. They arrested the man for driving with a revoked license and had his truck towed.
“Everything drew us to him. Now, we just need to confirm whether he is that individual and put a stop to it,” Capt. Hall said.
He would not name the person of interest but said that since towing the man’s truck, there have been no reports of someone impersonating a police officer.
The Sheriff’s Office said anyone concerned about someone in an unmarked car pulling them over can call dispatch to confirm that it is a law enforcement officer.