A Columbus man was carjacked early Sunday in the county’s panhandle by a suspect police say impersonated a police officer.
The 45-year-old was in his 2003 pearl Cadillac DeVille in the eastbound lane of Macon Road just past midnight when a dark blue or black Crown Victoria pulled up behind him and flashed its lights, said Lt. John McMichael.
“It pulled up beside him and flashed a spotlight on his car,” the lieutenant added. “He heard what sounded like a PA system.”
The suspect told the man to pull over, which he did. The suspect then approached him wearing a ski mask and a cap with the letters “DEA” on it, McMichael said.
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“This individual supposedly told the victim to get out of his car,” he added. “They told him they were doing a routine drugs and weapons search.”
The suspect had the man walk to the front of his car and put his hands on the hood. He then had some personal items and cash taken from him, McMichael said.
The driver of the DeVille then noticed another car, a Crown Victoria, pull up. Police report three suspects were involved in the carjacking.
One of the suspects drove off in the DeVille, leaving the man stranded on Macon Road. He flagged down a driver, who took him home where he then called police. The man was uninjured. There have been no arrests, McMichael said.
The driver of the DeVille declined to comment when contacted Sunday afternoon.
The DeVille has a Georgia tag of BNC 8549. It has a custom grill, custom interior and 22-inch chrome rims. It hasn’t been recovered, police said.
McMichael said police will only pull over a driver in an unmarked car in extreme circumstances, adding that motorists are only obligated to stop for marked police cars. If someone is unsure whether police are performing a traffic stop, they should call 911 on a cell phone. Alternatively, they should continue driving at a normal rate of speed to a populated area until they pull over.
The lieutenant added that if an unmarked police car tries to pull over someone and the driver doesn’t stop, a marked police car will soon arrive.Anyone with information about the carjacking should contact police at 706-653-3400.