Police Probe Possible Phony Traffic Stop

Photo courtesy Manchester Police

MANCHESTER – Did someone posing as a law enforcement official or emergency worker try to pull over a Beckerville resident? Manchester Police are warning the public to be on the lookout for a vehicle that stalked this resident.

  Manchester Township Police said around 5:20 p.m. Oct. 21, a resident reported seeing a suspicious vehicle near her residence. She pulled over to allow that vehicle to pass her; the vehicle pulled over and again began to follow her.

  That vehicle briefly flashed red and blue lights from its front grill. 

  The Beckerville-area resident was followed by this vehicle from her residence all the way to Route 70 and Manchester Boulevard. She turned onto the highway, and this vehicle continued straight.

  The vehicle was reportedly an older model Ford Taurus 4-door, brown or dark gray. Its rear and side windows were all tinted dark black. The vehicle appeared to have a metal shield or badge displayed on its drivers side front windshield.

  The woman was not able to see who was driving the vehicle, or how many people were inside it. 

  Manchester Township Police said they are checking with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state to see if they have any such vehicles working in this area. 

  The police department offered these tips should an unmarked “cop car” attempt to pull someone over:

• “If you are being pulled over by an unmarked or questionable police vehicle and you are not sure of its authenticity you can call 9-1-1 and ask them to verify the matter.

• “If you are being pulled over by an unmarked car in a dark or desolate area, you should gesture politely with your hand and proceed carefully to a safe, well-lit area.

• “If you are approached by an officer from an unmarked car, keep your hands where they can be seen and politely ask the officer for I.D. other than a badge or request that a supervisor be called to the location.

• “If you have someone with you that can take a photograph of the vehicle or license plate or you can do it safely it can be helpful.”

  Anyone with information on this vehicle is asked to call the Manchester Township Police Department at 732-657-6111.