How to avoid fake cops at traffic stops


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff ed McMahon is looking for someone trying to be one of his deputies in an incident that happened yesterday.

According to the 911 call reporting the incident, the suspect was driving a 2016 white Nissan Altima, with flashing lights, and carrying a gun. Sheriff McMahon said understanding how officers should conduct themselves is important for your safety.

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“When an officer approaches you, they may not be in uniform, they may be a plain clothes officer, but they will always have a badge and they will always be professional and identify why they stopped you,” McMahon said.

McMahon added that it is okay to wait until you can pull over in a well-lit, public area.

While anyone can have lights installed on their car , it’s against the law to have red or blue lights that face front. Dashun McQuiller installs lights like these at Ultimate Sounds on Oleander Drive.

“Where you run them and when you have them on, you have to make sure that you check with the laws as far as when you can have them on and what color you can have them,” McQuiller said.

McMahon said if you feel unsure as to who is pulling you over, it’s always safe to call 911.

“We call all of our stops in, and if it’s an officer then dispatch would be able to find out what officer it was, so that’s always an option too,” he said.