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Woman assaulted by man posing as police officer

Metro Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly attacked a woman while posing as a police officer.

According to police, the woman was pulled over by the purported lawman late Thursday evening on Highway 70 in Bellevue. Before she pulled over, the man shone a spotlight into a car, flashed his headlights and activated a flashing blue light on the dashboard of their vehicle. After she stopped, the suspect allegedly approached her, asked for her license and then told her to get out of her car. While putting her license on the front hood of the car, she was struck from behind and knocked unconscious.

When the victim awoke, she found herself on the ground on the passenger side of the vehicle in the same spot she had been pulled over. The suspect had fled the scene. The victim then drove herself home, where she notified Cheatham County authorities and later traveled to a Nashville hospital for treatment. She was not robbed, and it has not yet been determined if she was sexually assaulted during the attack.

"This horrible crime is an attack not only on an innocent motorist, but law enforcement as well," said Metro police chief Ronal Serpas. "I am very angered that someone committed this violent act while pretending to be a police officer."

The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 5-foot-10, who had short hair. He was wearing a dark-colored uniform with a gold badge and gold lieutenant bars. He was driving a white car. Authorities believe that he may be affiliated with a security company. Anyone who was traveling on Highway 70 near Harpeth Valley Road between 9-9:30 pm Thursday who may have seen either the suspect's car or the victim's gold Infinity is urged to contact Metro Police at 862-7540 or CrimeStoppers at 74-CRIME.

If a motorist has doubts about whether an unmarked vehicle with its blue lights on is actually driven by a police officer, Metro Police urge caution. Drive slowly to a well-lit public area before stopping.

http://www.wkrn.com/Global/story.asp?S=2647240
 
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