It's a normal procedure. You see flashing lights and you pull over to the side of the road. Cassie Norman didn't think twice about it one night back in November of 2018, when those lights flashed behind her and she was pulled over on Highway 10 near Hawley, Minn.
"When he got out, I knew it wasn't a cop because he was wearing a white hoodie," said Norman.
Immediately knowing he wasn't the real deal, she drove away, fearing the worst.
"I didn't know if he wanted to take my car; maybe he wanted to take me," she said.
To her knowledge, this man was never caught, and she thought it might have been a prank. Imagine her surprise when she saw a report on the news nearly two years later. Two incidents of a man impersonating police.
"Like a shot of fear in my stomach. He was here the whole time. I could've went to the grocery store the same time he did or something," she said.
The man had the same description as what Norman remembers, and it happened in the same area. She's worried it could be the same man who pulled her over a year and a half ago.
"I don't know why I think it's the same guy. It's just intuition; I just feel it," said Norman.
If you get pulled over and feel something is off, there are a few things you can look out for. Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting said a legitimate officer will have three things: a uniform, a badge and several flashing lights on their vehicle. It's your right to call 9-1-1 and check. Dispatch can quickly tell you if the officer is real. Norman dialed the same number when this happened to her.
"They had me meet a police officer in Glyndon and he said that that wasn't a cop and I did the right thing," she added.
She wants everyone to pay attention and stay cautious, saying it might've saved her life.
If you have any information or have experienced an incident like this, you're asked to call the local sheriff's office.