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Man charged with multiple counts of impersonating police officer in Salisbury

 Isaiah Aaron Elsey
Posted at 9:37 AM, Sep 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-10 09:42:29-04

SALISBURY, Md. — Maryland State Police have charged a man with multiple counts of impersonating an officer in Wicomico County.

Troopers received complaints of someone driving a Ford Crown Victoria with flashing blue and red lights in the area of Ocean Highway and Zion Road in Salisbury.

Witnesses reported the man would sometimes turn the lights on to move traffic and other times to pull cars over.

Police say the witnesses and social media helped lead them to the alleged suspect, 24-year-old Isaiah Aaron Elsey, of Fruitland.

He turned himself into police on Thursday.

Investigators believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information should call 410-749-3101.

Here are a few tips from police if you are suspicious of someone stopping you claiming to be an officer.

  • If the person is driving an unmarked vehicle and you are unsure the person is a police officer, you can call your local police department to determine if the stop is real.
  • Look for a uniform or other official department clothing, such as a jacket.
  • Whether they are in uniform or plain clothes, you can ask to see a badge and identification
  • If they tell you to get out of your vehicle without any preliminary questions, be suspicious
  • If a car turns on flashing lights behind you, you can slow down, put on your hazard lights and find a well-lit area to stop.
  • Trust your instincts. If you suspect the person is not a police officer, they probably are not and you should call 911.