HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - A man faces police impersonation and sexual abuse charges after pulling a woman over on the road subjecting her to a field sobriety test and "pat down," all while identifying himself as a New York State trooper.
Early Sunday morning around 4:30 a.m. the victim was driving Eastbound on the Southern State Parkway near exit 20. According to police, the woman was followed onto the parkway by a dark colored four-door sedan when entering the Village of Hempstead.
At one point the operator of the sedan flashed his headlights and directed the victim to pull over onto the shoulder by using a flashlight, police say.
The suspect, described as a 30-year old male, about 5'2" tall dressed in plain clothes, approached the vehicle and asked the woman for her license and registration. Police say the suspect then asked if the woman had been drinking, and ordered her to get out of the car to take a field sobriety test. During the test, the suspect instructed the woman's passenger to stay in the car.
After the test, the suspect performed a "pat down" search on the woman, in which he fondled her. According to the victim, the fake cop then returned to his car and fled.
The New York State Police is asking anyone with information on this or any similar incident to contact the New York State Police at Troop L Headquarters in Farmingdale at (631) 756-3300.