The Christiansburg Police Department is urging people to be cautious when approached by an unmarked car.
On Thursday, at about 8:45 p.m., a driver was stopped on Park Street by a man impersonating a police officer. Police said this is the second incident in the previous weeks where someone has impersonated an officer in Christiansburg.
According to officials, the suspect was driving a black Dodge Charger again with a blue light mounted on the dash and wore square-framed glasses, a hat, a black uniform-style shirt and black pants with a yellow-handled taser on his belt.
The suspect did not show a badge and was about 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall and about 175 pounds, police said.
Police said that when the suspect stopped the driver he didn’t tell the driver why they were being stopped and wouldn’t answer when they asked.
According to officials, the man asked for the person’s driver’s license with the change of address card and registration and then took it back to his car for five minutes.
When he approached the car again, the police said that the suspect gave the victim their license and registration but didn’t give them their change of address card. Once the suspect left, the driver went home and called to report the incident a few minutes later.
Police said that while the Christiansburg Police Department has unmarked police cars used by detectives and administrative personnel, unmarked cars are not used for regular traffic stops. If you are stopped by an unmarked vehicle or have any questions about the legitimacy of the traffic stop, police said you can call 911 to confirm it.