OREGON CITY, Ore. – A man impersonating a cop tailgated a young woman in Oregon City, approached her, and pulled a gun on her Sunday, police said.
The entire ordeal left the woman badly shaken up and police are advising drivers to be careful.
The woman, who is in her 20s, commutes early in the morning to her job at a senior-care facility.
At around 5:30 a.m., while it was still dark out, a man started tailgating her and flashing his high beams.
“She pulled over on the side of the road. It passed by. She continued driving and it came behind her again,” said Cynthia Gates with the Oregon City Police Department.
Oregon City police said the mysterious driver followed the young woman for about 30 minutes from Highways 224 and 211 all the way into Oregon City.
Then as the woman pulled into the health care facility where she works, she noticed she was being trailed again.
“He approached her, stated he was a deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and that he was conducting a study to see how she reacted under pressure, and she had done well. At that point, he pulled a gun out pointed at her, and she heard a click,” Gates said.
The woman ran.
Officers showed up one minute later, but the man was gone.
Police are warning that if someone is following you, don't pull over. Instead, find a police or fire station. It that’s not available, go to a well-lit, open business like a gas station, make a scene, and call police.
The woman described the suspect as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s. She said he was driving a small pickup truck. Anyone with information was asked to call police.
KGW reporter Reggie Aqui contributed to this report.