SHALIMAR — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating recent suspicious traffic stops.
A woman, 43, reported being stopped around 10:30 a.m. July 26 on State Road 85 near the Northwest Florida Regional Airport. She said a white male with blond hair and a green uniform that lacked patches or insignia stepped from a white SUV and approached her car, but never identified himself. The man demanded her license and registration, and then returned to his car before returning and warning her about her speed, she said.
On July 31, in westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 98 in Destin, a Santa Rosa Beach 16-year-old said a white Ford with a light bar pulled him over in the parking lot of Another Broken Egg Café around 2:20 p.m.
A white male approached his car but the teen, who noticed the man was wearing khaki shorts and a T-shirt and lacked a badge and law enforcement insignia, says he drove off. The man got back in his vehicle, turned off the emergency lights and headed eastbound, he said.
Drivers being pulled over by an unmarked car should slow down and indicate to the officer, if possible, that they are aware of their presence and proceed to the nearest well-lit, populated area to pull over, lawmen said.
In addition, call dispatch, 850-689-5650, to verify a legitimate law enforcement officer is attempting the traffic stop.