The Salt Lake City Police Department reported a person driving a dark-colored car, possibly posing as a police officer. After a complaint from the community, officials launched an investigation to locate the scammer.
A citizen reported a very suspicious situation where a driver of a dark sedan flashed red and blue lights as if to signal a vehicle to stop. The incident occurred on Interstate 80 between the airport exit and Redwood Road and was last seen off 400 South near Emery Street.
Authorities said in a statement that the suspect was driving in the car with blue lights on because he apparently wanted to travel on busy highways. The suspect’s car is described as a black Dodge Charger with inlaid blue and red headlights and fog lights.
At the time of the report, he stated that there was a passenger in the suspect’s car and it should be noted that neither the driver nor the passenger had visible law enforcement marks on their clothing or on the car.
Salt Lake City Police Department do not believe the car belongs to law enforcement. Officers searched the area for the suspect car but were unable to locate it or identify the driver.
Officials sometimes use unmarked cars
It’s important to note that the Salt Lake City Police Department occasionally uses unmarked cars, however, these vehicles are equipped with multiple highly visible red and blue lights, have sirens and public address systems, and provide instant confirmation of their enforcement purpose.
Utah law prohibits persons from using red and blue lights while operating a vehicle, and also prohibits a person from impersonating a police officer.
Anyone with specific information regarding this case or the driver’s identity is asked to call 801-799-3000 and quote case number 23-200561.