- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

MALCOM, Neb. (AP) - The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says a man mistaken to be impersonating a law enforcement officer was actually a volunteer firefighter investigating a car fire in Malcolm.

Sheriff Terry Wagner said firefighters were looking for a burning car around 3:45 p.m. Saturday at the same time and place a 60-year-old woman reported seeing a man pull over another woman.

The woman told authorities the man was driving a dark blue pickup with a blue light on top and no other markings.

She said that after the other vehicle drove away, the pickup started following her. The woman held out her cell phone to indicate she called police, and the pickup stopped.

Wagner said investigators learned the woman who she thought had been pulled over was helping look for the burning vehicle. He said that although the situation turned out to be different than initially thought, the woman did the right thing by calling police.

“Every now and then we do have these situations where someone tries to pull, especially women, over,” Wagner said. “She did the right thing. I’m glad we did an investigation.”

The Malcolm fire chief called the sheriff’s office after reading media reports about the incident.

“He said, ‘That description sounds like one of my firefighters, and we responded,” Wagner said. “We like to err on the side of caution.’”

Volunteer firefighters routinely drive their own vehicles on the job and use a siren authorized by their sheriff’s offices.

The Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1KfWewS ) reports that firefighters didn’t find a car on fire.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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