Over the last six weeks, two Lincoln County women say they were followed from Jefferson County into Lincoln County by what they believe is a bogus cop with a blue dashboard light.
Six weeks ago, a Star City woman left Jefferson County and headed south on U.S. 425. As she got into Lincoln County, the car behind her activated what appeared to be a blue, flashing police light. Thinking it was a police officer, the woman pulled over and a black male got out of what she described as an older model black or dark blue Pontiac Grand Am, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Larry McGee.
As the man approached her car, the woman began to get an uneasy feeling. “She has family in law enforcement and something just didn’t feel right to her, so she took off,” McGee said.
The man got back in his car, turned around and headed back toward Jefferson County, according to McGee.
A similar incident happened Wednesday night when another Lincoln County woman was followed closely on I-530 into Lincoln County by a car with what appeared to be a blue police light on the dashboard.
McGee said the woman, who had been shopping at Walmart in Pine Bluff, noticed a car behind her when she turned onto I-530. After crossing the third bridge on I-530, the person in the car behind her activated a blue dashboard light and began to follow her so closely that she could no longer see the pursuing car’s headlights in her rearview mirror.
The car followed her all the way into Lincoln County until they were approached by a northbound car. When approached by the northbound car, the pursuing car turned off and stopped following her, McGee said.
From the lights of the northbound car, the woman was able to determine that the pursuing car was mid-sized and dark in color. Her description of the car was similar to the car described by the woman in the first incident, according to McGee.
There was also something unique about the blue light, according to McGee.
The type of blue light the women described is not commonly used by police officers today. It was a blue dashboard light that rotated 45 degrees in one direction before rotating 45 degrees in the other direction.
While there may be some law enforcement agencies still using that type of light, McGee said it is not common. He said he is not aware of any police lights like those still in operation.
Both incidents also occurred during the late night hours. The first one occurred between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. and the Wednesday night incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m.
McGee is urging motorists to call 911 immediately if they feel uneasy about a pursuing car with flashing blue lights.