Police impersonators target local DJ

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TOLEDO (WTOL) - While coming home late Wednesday night, DJ Grizzly Brown from WIOT radio was subject to an unexpected stop.

"They turned a yellow light on that they don't use anymore," he told News 11, "It's like an old flasher."

So Grizzly pulled over onto Somerset, off Airport. Having a hunch the car behind him wasn't Toledo police, he got out of his van. "I got out and said, 'Hey buddy, what's up?'" Grizzly said he was asked if he knew how fast he was going.

He also tells us the two didn't even look like officers. "The stench blowing out -- body stench, cigarettes. They had nasty coffee cups. I knew they were just two lunatics."

The passenger was missing teeth while the driver only had a security badge and patch, according to Grizzly. He adds, "The guy sitting next to him was going mayday, mayday, channel 9. We have a speeder here, and he's starting to get unruly."

The impersonators finally drove off. "I told them 'You better get out of here, or I'll pull you out of the car and start stomping your head in. Get out of here.'"

He shared his story the next night on air. That's when four of his listeners called up saying they were targets, too. "The one lady was crying. She said they checked her driver's license and she had her two-year-old daughter with her."

Now Grizzly fears why these men are doing the impersonating. He assumes when their confidence is up, the next motive might be robbery. "I believe that's what they're working up to. There are a lot of kooks out there now that are desperate to get money."

What precautions can you take if pulled over?

If you have any concerns, you don't have to stop in an isolated place. You can actually keep going to a busy, well-lit area. Also, call 911 to see if any of their crews has actually stopped you. You can also request a uniformed back-up crew to show up as well.

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