SPRING HILL, Florida - The fake cop is what everyone is talking about at The Press Box family restaurant in Spring Hill.
Marie Heitz and her husband, Robert, were eating there Tuesday night. Marie says, "He's an absolute nut. And we've got too many of them on the road. We really, really do. It's scary."
The sheriff says on Monday evening around 5:30 p.m. someone impersonating a law enforcement officer pulled over a woman in a Spring Hill neighborhood at Bern Lane and Waterfall Drive on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The man didn't ask her to get out of her vehicle, but directed her to drive a mile and a half or so away to a much busier area, a doctors office located at Spring Hill Drive and Kass Circle.
He was in an unmarked white Crown Victoria car. He had a police style spotlight and a single red flashing light that he placed on the roof. He did not display a weapon.
Investigators say he forced the woman to take a field sobriety test before letting her go. Sheriff Nienhuis adds, "That's extremely unusual. So, we really want to get these people found and put them in jail."
The sheriff believes two different people may be doing this. The latest incident was the third one this month.
Sheriff Nienhuis says in Hernando County it's okay to call 911 if you're being pulled over and you're not sure whether the deputy is real or not. "Don't hesitate whatsoever to call 911, and chances are if it is a legitimate law enforcement officer, we're going to know about it or we're going to be able to find out about it, even if it's another agency..."(click pic to watch video)