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Authorities: Phony cop has struck more than once in Gainesville, and in Dawson
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Update, March 27: The unidentified man suspected of impersonating a Gainesville Police officer and pulling over a vehicle to "enforce a curfew" in Hall County, has struck more than once in Gainesville and in Dawson County.

Gainesville police received a second report regarding a suspect impersonating an officer after their social media post.

The incident happened after 11 p.m. Monday, March 23 in the area of Green Street and Thompson Bridge Road.

“The male subject stops a car and inquires about why the driver is out past curfew. The male subject then ends his contact with the vehicle and leaves in an unknown direction,” Van wrote in an email.

Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson said on Friday afternoon that a suspect driving a dark sedan with flashing blue lights in its windshield area pulled a vehicle over on Ga. 136 in Dawson County on Thursday evening, claiming to be law enforcement. 

According to Johnson, the driver and occupant were told that they had "violated curfew law" but after a brief inquiry, the suspect left the scene. 

The second Gainesville report had the same vehicle description, and police are trying to get more details on the suspect.


A man impersonating a Gainesville Police officer pulled a car over Tuesday night to enforce a curfew that doesn’t exist, according to the real police.

Cpl. Jessica Van said the incident happened around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the area of Limestone Parkway and Jesse Jewell Parkway.

“His reason for stopping a vehicle was due to violating curfew,” according to Gainesville Police.

The department clarified that there is no curfew in place in Gainesville. Some municipalities in the state have instituted curfews due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The suspect’s vehicle was described as a dark Ford sedan, possibly a Taurus. The car also had strobing blue lights on the inside.

Police are asking the community to stay vigilant and call 911 if they see any suspicious activity.

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