ISP: Trooper Impersonator Arrested

29-year-old Brian Birdwell, courtesy Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department
29-year-old Brian Birdwell, courtesy Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department

UPDATE, THU, 9:30 AM: 14 News has learned the identity of the man accused of impersonating an Indiana State Police trooper.

An 18-year-old USI student says she was driving near the college around 11:00 Tuesday morning, when she noticed a man in a purple Camaro following closely, waving his hands through the T-tops to get her to pull-over.

The woman says the man held up a wallet as if he were displaying a police officer's badge, so she pulled into "Show Me's" restaurant parking lot on Pearl Drive.

She says the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Brian Birdwell of Evansville, approached her vehicle and told her he was an off-duty trooper.

She was ordered out of the car and handcuffed.

The woman says the man looked at her driver's license, warned her for speeding, removed the handcuffs and drove away.

Police used surveillance video from "Show Me's", to identify the suspect and track down his vehicle.

Birdwell is lodged in the Vanderburgh County Detention Center.

UPDATE, THU, 6:30 AM: 14 News now has a picture of the man accused of impersonating an Indiana State Police trooper.

An 18-year-old USI student says she was driving near the college around 11:00 Tuesday morning, when she noticed a man in a purple Camaro following closely, waving his hands through the T-tops to get her to pull-over.

The woman says the man held up a wallet as if he were displaying a police officer's badge, so she pulled into "Show Me's" restaurant parking lot on Pearl Drive.

She says the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Brian Birdwell of Evansville, approached her vehicle and told her he was an off-duty trooper.

She was ordered out of the car and handcuffed.

The woman says the man looked at her driver's license, warned her for speeding, removed the handcuffs and drove away.

New Media Producer: Rachel Chambliss

UPDATE, WED, 8 PM: A suspect is now in custody.

State police arrested 29-year-old Brian Birdwell of Evansville. He's accused of pulling over a car at the "Show Me's" restaurant Tuesday, ordering a young woman out, handcuffing her and then setting her free.

Police were able to track down the suspect's vehicle, a purple Camaro, after reviewing surveillance video at the restaurant.

Birdwell is being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail.

New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

Previously: Indiana State Police are looking for a man accused of impersonating a police officer.

An 18-year-old USI student says she was driving near the college around 11:00 Tuesday morning, when she noticed a man in a purple Camaro following closely, waving his hands through the T-tops to get her to pull-over.

The woman says the man held up a wallet as if he were displaying a police officer's badge. The woman pulled into the "Show Me's" restaurant parking lot on Pearl Drive.

She says the man then approached her vehicle and told her he was an off-duty trooper.

She was ordered out of the car and handcuffed.

The woman says the man looked at her driver's license, warned her for speeding, removed the handcuffs and drove away.

The man is described as a white man in his late 30s, about six-feet-tall, 200 pounds. He has long brown, shaggy hair, combed down to his eyebrows and "buggy eyes".