Midway RCMP say they did in fact pull over a woman for speeding who cast doubt on social media whether the man who stopped her was actually a police officer.
Police say the woman was pulled over on Highway 3 in Greenwood around Klondike Street at about 6 p.m. for doing 87 km/h in a 50 zone. They say the officer was in a marked car and in uniform and exercised his discretion by giving the driver a warning instead of a ticket.
However, police say on social media the woman claimed she was pulled over for going 70 in a 60 zone, that the officer covered his badge, did not identify himself properly, and did not take her information but threatened to impound her vehicle.
“The RCMP would like to acknowledge the public’s right to question anyone who they suspect to be impersonating a member of law enforcement,” police said in a statement.
“We treat these allegations very seriously, and as such, should be investigated with the goal of determining the facts and not left unchecked or made on social media.”
They said anyone who runs into such a situation should report it to local police.
If you are concerned at the time of the traffic stop, they advise staying inside your vehicle with the doors locked, rolling the window down and telling the officer (or person claiming to be one) that you are calling police to double check that they are who they say they are.