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More drivers reporting 'fake cop' stops in southwestern Ontario

More reports of people impersonating police officers are surfacing across southwestern Ontario. The latest incident was reported in Oxford County.

The latest incident was reported in Oxford County by a woman who says the man had flashing lights on roof

Oxford County is the latest area to report an incident. Drivers in Wellington County, Essex County and Saugeen Shores have also reporter being pulled over by a person impersonating a police officer. (CBC)

More reports of people impersonating police officers are surfacing across southwestern Ontario.

The latest incident was reported in Oxford County by a woman who said she was pulled over and asked about her essential worker status. 

OPP said the woman was stopped by a man in a dark coloured SUV with a flashing light bar on the roof on Braemar Sideroad and Highway 59, near Tavistock. 

The male driver was allegedly wearing clothes that resembled a police officer's uniform and asked about her "essential worker" status during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The OPP does not stop motor vehicles to inquire about the employment status of the driver or its occupants," said Inspector Anthony Hymers. "Drivers should also know that they are not required to prove they are an essential worker to police." 

OPP said the incident happened the first week of April, with the driver contacting police at the end of that month. 

It was around this time that other police forces in southwestern Ontario began hearing similar stories of fake officers pulling drivers over and asking about essential worker status.

Incidents have been reported in Wellington CountyEssex County and Saugeen Shores, all with a similar approach.

Two suspects have been arrested, but police released a composite sketch of two other men they believe are involved. Oxford County OPP said they do not know if any of the occurrences are related. 

Ontario Provincial Police have released composite sketches of a suspect in Wellington County (left) and Essex County (right) who are alleged to have impersonated police officers. (Ontario Provincial Police)

Under the Criminal Code, impersonating a police officer can lead to a prison term of up to five years.

Police are asking drivers who suspect they've been pulled over by police impersonator should call 911, stay in the vehicle and try to write down a description of the individual, their vehicle and license plate.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Anonymous reports can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.oxfordcrimestoppers.com.