Grant County, WI - July 18, 2015 - On Friday July 17, 2015, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received notification of a Facebook post circulating around about a female that was stopped on Hwy 151 by an unmarked car near Platteville.
Upon further investigation, it is alleged that on Thursday July 16, 2015, at around 11:55pm, a dark colored SUV was parked on the northbound shoulder of Hwy 151 south of Platteville. As the victim vehicle passed, the SUV pulled out behind her and activated a red/blue dash light. The victim pulled to the shoulder where a male subject believed to be in his 40’s wearing only a black t-shirt approached her vehicle with a flashlight. The male asked if she knew why she was stopped. When she didn’t, he asked her to exit to show her an equipment violation. The victim asked the male for identification. When he failed to produce an ID, she said she would be calling 911. The victim advised the male then went back to his car and drove off to the north.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that several law enforcement agencies in our area do utilize unmarked patrol vehicles for several different reasons. All these vehicles are equipped with multiple sources of emergency lights and a siren.
If a law enforcement officer attempts to stop you, the first step is to acknowledge the officer’s presence by significantly reducing your speed. If you feel that the situation is not safe to stop, or question the validity of the law enforcement officer, you may continue a short distance to a safer location to stop as long as you maintain your significantly reduced speed. If you still question the validity of the officer, you may always call 911 to verify it is an actual law enforcement officer.
This appears to be an isolated incident at this time, but if a similar situation would occur, please call 911 immediately to notify the correct authorities to investigate such an incident.
If anyone has further information that would assist in investigating this current incident, please notify Sergeant Miller at the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-723-2157 ext 174.