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Suspect that impersonated Gainesville police now wanted by Dawson County authorities
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Local authorities say that an unidentified suspect, who on Tuesday night impersonated a Gainesville Police officer and pulled over a vehicle to "enforce a curfew" in Hall County, has struck again in Dawson County.

Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson said on Friday afternoon, that a suspect driving a dark sedan with flashing blue lights in its windshield area, pulled a vehicle over on Ga. 136 in Dawson County on Thursday evening, claiming to be law enforcement. 

According to Johnson, the driver and occupant were told that they had "violated curfew law" but after a brief inquiry, the suspect left the scene. 

Gainesville authorities said that a similar incident occurred previously on Tuesday night when a driver was stopped in the area of Limestone Parkway and Jesse Jewell Parkway by a suspect and vehicle of matching description.

Though some municipalities in the state have instituted curfews due to the coronavirus pandemic, neither Hall or Dawson Counties have one in place currently,  authorities say. 

This incident is being investigated by the Dawson County and the Gainesville Police Department, Johnson said.

"We urge our commuters to please exercise caution and be vigilant if being stopped. Today’s patrol vehicles are equipped with excessive amounts of emergency lights. Knowing this, a single dash-mounted strobe light should raise suspicion. Coupled with secluded areas should be of concern," Johnson said in an email. "If the conditions warrant, we encourage our community to please call 911 and inform the operator of your location. He or she will tell you whether it is a Dawson County Sheriff’s Deputy."