The suspect in the case was driving what appeared to be an unmarked police car …like the black SUV’s driven by some of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s detectives. But how can you tell if the person pulling you over is the real thing?
Many along Ky. 790 and Colyer Rd. in Pulaski County road couldn’t tell that the black Ford Crown Victoria blocking their road wasn’t a real police car, when the real cops say that Paul Edwards stopped them, right in the middle of the road.
“He had handcuffs he would lay over the seat or make available to the general public where they could see them, and present himself as a person of authority,” said Sheriff Todd Wood.
Police say they received dozens of complaints along Ky. 790, most of them saying Paul Edwards would block the road….and tell people to get out of their vehicles…or that they were driving too fast.
“We’ve had complaints of him having a badge on,” said Wood.
A badge, gun, handcuffs, or dark tinted windows doesn’t guarantee the cop is real. What is a clear sign, police say.. are flashing blue lights, an official Ky. License plate, and credentials that say the person works for a specific law enforcement agency.
Police say that Edwards had paperwork showing that he was an investigator with the Humane Society, but a check with that agency showed that claim was bogus.
Our reporter went to Paul Edwards house for his side of the story but Edwards said he could not talk because he was not with his attorney.