The Superior Police Department are investigating an incident that happened during the early morning hours of Monday, January 14th - in which a suspect impersonated an police officer.

A citizen called 911 after a traffic stop near the east of the Post Office - around 1:00 AM.  When they stopped, a white male, around 6' 0" tall, mid-30's, with a light mustache and beard, approached the vehicle while it was parked in the alley.  The suspect was wearing a Superior Police Department baseball cap, dark dress pants, and a navy blue T-shirt labeled "SPD".  The male identified himself as "Officer Darg" and made contact with the reporting party and claimed that he was stopping the vehicle because it was suspicious to be in the alley.  The reporting party did not see an official police badge or firearm.  The male was driving a blue car, similar to a Chevrolet Lumina, that had flashing blue and red lights in the dashboard area.

The male suspect asked for the reporting party's driver's license, proof of insurance, and registration.  The reporting party cooperated, and the male returned to his vehicle, only to come back a short time later and claim that the reporting party's insurance was not up to date.  The suspect then "released" the reporting party.

The Superior Police Department does not employ anyone names "Office Darg" and has no records of any law enforcement office making this traffic stop;  Therefore, this traffic stop is considered to be an impersonating an officer incident and is currently being investigated.

The police department reminds citizens that a majority or vehicle contacts are initiated by marked police cars.  While they do utilize unmarked vehicles, official police department officers will be in a uniform displaying the badge or in plain clothes displaying a badge and have a firearm. All legitimate officers would also present such credentials if not immediately visible or when asked.

If you suspect foul play or that someone is impersonating a police officer, call 911 immediately.   In addition, you could turn on our hazard lights and proceed slowly to the police department or to a convenience store.

This is the first report of such activity in Superior, but there have been reports of persons impersonating police officers recently in the northland.