Man said to have impersonated cop turns out to be police officer

- Cherokee County police have identified the man they originally said pretended to be a deputy to pull over a woman on Sunday night as an officer for the Barrow County Sheriff's Office who had been working in an "off-duty capacity." 

At the time, the victim told police that she was driving on Interstate 575 northbound when she was passed by a vehicle she described as a "dark gray Dodge Ram truck."

The truck then slowed down and got behind her vehicle and started flashing a blue light.

The woman pulled over to the side of the road, and the truck did the same.

According to a statement from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the truck's driver told the victim that he had pulled her over for "impeding the flow of traffic."

The woman said the man told her that he worked for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and, after talking for a while, allowed her to drive away.

The Barrow County officer disputes many of the woman's claims that night, including that he ordered her out of the car and patted her down. A spokesperson told FOX 5 that he pulled her over for driving aggressively.

Both the Barrow County Sheriff's Office and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office consider the case closed.

"While we appreciate all of our adjoining and sister law enforcement agencies not only here in metro Atlanta but throughout the state and nation, we would always prefer that an officer from outside our jurisdiction request assistance from us prior to initiating law enforcement action within Cherokee County," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

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