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Police warn of phony flashing lights

CHICKASHA, Okla. – A Chickasha man is in jail after investigators said he impersonated a police officer.

Police say 21-year-old Christopher Dockery used flashing lights to pull over a driver.

The flashing lights police said Dockery used look identical to the ones they mount inside their patrol cars.

“I would be pretty upset,” Frank Huggins said.

The incident happened right outside Huggins home on S. 15th St., and the victim in this case said he was upset.

He said the lights flashed, he stopped and then he realized the person with flashing lights was in a green Kia Sephia.

“He certainly realized it wasn’t a police car and got the license plate,” Chief Eddie Adamson said.

Chief Adamson said as a former Arkansas Officer, the impersonation brings back bad memories of fake police.

“It made me think back to east Arkansas, the Blue Light Rapist, and that truly terrorized the entire region,” he said. 

In that case, a man was convicted of using flashing lights to stop women and then assault them.

“That’s why we take it so unbelievably serious,” Chief Adamson said. 

However, by Oklahoma law, anyone can buy flashing lights that are identical to police lights at auto stores.

The possibility of the lights being in the wrong hands leaves drivers like Huggins uneasy.

“The ‘what if’ would be a major issue with me,” Huggins said. “You know, fear for my life possibly if he had a gun or something or threatened to rob me or carjack you.”

Police said if you are being pulled over by an unmarked car, make sure the person is wearing a police uniform.

If not, ask to see their identification.