Otero County Sheriff’s Department announced Friday on its Facebook news page that it and the Colorado State Patrol are investigating reports that someone is pulling over drivers in the Arkansas Valley under the guise of enforcing stay at home orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.


Reports allege that a “white male driver of a black or dark colored charger” is stopping vehicles along U.S. 50 and demanding to know what reasons they have for being out, according to the sheriff’s office.


The state patrol said in a news release that a driver of a black Dodge Charger allegedly asked several drivers for papers proving their authority to drive to their place of employment and accused them of violating stay at home orders.


The sheriff’s office and state patrol both said that no law enforcement agencies in the region are stopping vehicles to enforce stay at home orders.


The state patrol said that if you are stopped by someone you blieve is not a legitimate law enforcement officer, remain in your vehicle and immediately call 911.


“You may also ask the person for their law enforcement agency identification. All officers, regardless of the uniform they are wearing, will be able to provide identification,” said the state patrol.


If you have any information on who is impersonating a law enforcement officer and stopping vehicles, contact the Colorado State Patrol at *CSP or the Otero County Sheriff’s Office at 719-384-5941.


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