UPDATE: The Kitsap Sun is now reporting that the supposed police impersonator is actually a sheriff's deputy--sort of. The unnamed deputy is apparently a fire inspector with the King County Sheriff's Office. He told troopers that he saw a woman talking on her cell phone while driving, tried to get her to put the phone down, then drew up his "Sheriff" sign to emphasize the point.
Not sure why a fire inspector would be spending his time enforcing cell-phone laws by any means necessary. But that appears to be his story.
OK, follow me on this one, people: If a guy in a gold Ford Expedition pulls up next to you with a homemade sign that reads "Sheriff" on it--he's not a sheriff. He is apparently the laziest, most uncreative police impersonator to ever hit the streets of Kitsap County.
A woman reported the man yesterday when she was driving on State Route 16 near Bremerton. She told police that the guy first pulled up next to her in a gold 2007 Ford Expedition, then started motioning with his hands for her to pull over.
When that didn't work, he pulled out his secret weapon: homemade identification in the form of a sign reading "Sheriff."
Somehow that didn't inspire the woman to pull over either. She called police instead.
And apparently the guy may have also tried this scheme a couple months ago , according to KIRO TV today. Julie Startup at Washington State Patrol is looking up more details for us on the first incident.
In the meantime, if you see the faux-sheriff with his pathetic sign, don't be sad. He's trying. Really.