Man pretended to be Gainesville officer, tried to enforce non-existent curfew

Credit: AJC file

Credit: AJC file

A driver was pulled over Tuesday night by an apparent police officer in Gainesville for violating a supposed curfew.

There’s two problems with that: The man isn’t a police officer, and there is no curfew in Gainesville.

The actual police department posted on Facebook that its real officers are trying to hunt down this pretender for impersonating a cop. The suspect conducted the traffic stop near Limestone and Jesse Jewell parkways about 8:15 p.m., Cpl. Jessica Van said.

“We DO NOT have a curfew,” the department emphasized in the post.

The suspect was driving a dark-colored Ford sedan, possibly a Taurus, which had a blue light flashing from inside the vehicle, police said.

STAY VIGILANT GAINESVILLE: A male falsely identifying himself as a Gainesville Police Officer conducted a traffic stop...

Posted by Gainesville Police Department on Thursday, March 26, 2020

Van said no other information about the incident is available.

It's the latest act of misinformation stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted several Georgia cities and counties to enact real curfews and shelter in place orders.

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While Atlanta, Athens-Clarke County, Cobb County, Sandy Springs, South Fulton and several other cities and counties have adopted these policies, neither Gainesville nor Hall County has enacted similar orders.

Anyone who spots the suspect is asked to call 911 or Gainesville police at 770-534-5252.