Man allegedly posed as off-duty police officer on East Devon road

Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are appealing for information - Credit: PCC

A male driver posing as a police officer in East Devon on Friday (June 3) has prompted an investigation to be launched. 

Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for information after a male driver was flagged down by another motorist allegedly posing as an off-duty detective. 

The incident is said to have taken place on the A3052 near Seaton at around 2.30am on Friday. 

It was reported that a man aged in his 30s was driving in the Sidmouth direction when a vehicle approached from behind flashing its lights before pulling up alongside him.  

Officers say one of the two occupants of the second car allegedly claimed to be a CID officer, accusing him of ‘driving erratically’. 

According to police, the victim asked to see some identification and drove off when his request was declined.  

Devon and Cornwall Police said it was reported that he was then followed by the other car, overtaken and boxed in. He subsequently managed to get away in his vehicle. 

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Police Constable Sam Parfett, neighbourhood beat manager for the Seaton area, said: “This is an isolated incident and we are appealing to members of the public who may have information that could help our investigation. 

“Communities should be reassured that police officers will always look to verify their identity when engaging with members of the public. 

“Officers always carry identification and can always be asked for verification - they are used to providing that reassurance. Officers who are not in uniform will always present a warrant card. 

“If people feel they cannot verify an officer’s identity or feel in imminent danger you must seek assistance; if that means shouting out to another member of the public, flagging a car down or dialling 999, then we would ask proportionate steps be taken. 

“If police were to request that a vehicle pull over, the driver can always wait to stop in a built-up, well-lit area.  

“Anyone with immediate concerns for their safety should call 999 and speak with us if they are unsure of someone’s identity.” 

Anyone with any information which could help police with their investigation should ring police with information on 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference CR048031/22. 

A man aged in his 40s from the Honiton area has been arrested in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody while enquiries continue.