A Kouts resident who is not a police officer is facing a possible charge of
impersonating a public servant after he admitted executing a traffic stop on
a woman last week, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
According to police, at 10:20 p.m. Aug. 7 a woman reported being northbound
on C.R. 150E, in the area of C.R. 700S in Pleasant Township, when a
southbound vehicle passed her and then turned around. “Once it was directly
behind her car, the vehicle activated red and blue lights,” police said.
A man around 25 years of age then exited the vehicle and took a position at
the B-pillar of the woman’s vehicle—so that “it was hard for her to see the
subject”—and informed her that she was traveling 30 miles per hour in a zone
posted at 25 mph, the woman advised. “The subject was polite and courteous
and then released her from the scene,” police said, but the woman “felt
uneasy about the encounter,” in particular because she was certain that she
was driving below the limit.
She subsequently contacted the PCSP.
The investigating officer took her statement, then with the assistance of a
Kouts Police officer developed information that a resident of the 100 block
of Goldfinch Drive may be impersonating a police officer. The two officers
made contact with the man, who told them that he was a LaPorte County Jail
officer, not a sworn police officer, and who admitted that he had
stopped the woman “as a public service because she was driving in an unsafe
Recovered from the man’s Dodge Charger: red and blue LED lights—illegal to
be displayed in a non-emergency vehicle—a patch from the Hebron Police
Department, an Indiana Criminal Code book, hinge cuffs, a Hobart Police
Department key chain, and a black tee-shirt with “POLICE” across the front:
“none of which is issued to or utilized by a jail guard,” police said.
The PCSP is asking the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to charge the man with
impersonating a public servant and has forwarded the report to the LaPorte
County Sheriff’s Police.