|Updated: 10/31/2013 12:59 am
||Published: 10/31/2013 12:56 am
Minutes away from home around 1 a.m., on a Saturday, flashing lights in the rear-view mirror cut Peter Meeker's drive on 244 short.
His trip from the driver's seat, to the hood of his truck turned violent.
"It's not as painful as it looks," said Meeker.
The butt of a pistol belonging to a man in dark clothes exiting a police-style car blurred his vision and compromised his trust for authority.
"I thought it was an undercover cop, I really did," said Meeker.
Meeker said the man asked if he had narcotics, then said Meeker had a warrant out.
"I said I don't have a warrant. I want to see some identification," said Meeker.
Instead, he said he followed every command. He gave the man his license and registration. The man never asked for insurance. He demanded Meeker step out of his truck.
Meeker had a clear view of the man rummaging through his console. Meeker said he saw the man swipe $70.
"He said 'don't move or I'll shoot you," said Meeker.
Then he told Meeker to face him.
"I turned around like this and he hit me," said Meeker.
The man left and Meeker rushed home to call the real police. Meeker believes the man targeted him because he's from out of town.
"People can buy lights and sirens every day of the week and put them on their car," said Officer Craig Murray.
Murray said the advent of police cars with low-profile lights has given phony cops more access to drivers.
Whoever did this is still out there, making it even harder for Peter to put this behind him.
Police said drivers can crack their window and request identification. Police also said that unmarked cars almost always request backup when pulling over drivers.