Newberry County authorities are looking for a man who has been flagging down females traveling alone and offering to assist them with tire trouble.
Sheriff Lee Foster says one incident happened along Highway 219.
“They were on a four-lane highway and he came beside her, blowing the horn and waving his hand. And when she rolled the window down, he said, 'Ma’am, you have a flat tire. Pull over.' She said, 'I'm going to Walmart and get it checked.' And then he continued on for a little while and then he just backed off into traffic.”
Foster says the woman stopped at Walmart and found her tires were OK.
In a similar incident Thursday along Adelaide Street near Newberry, a man flagged down a female driver, told her she had a flat tire and said he'd help her change it.
But the her car seemed to be handling normally, so she told the man she was on her way to school and would check things there. When she arrived, she found nothing wrong with the tires.
Foster says both times, the suspect was a dark-skinned white male driving a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a crossover or SUV.
The sheriff says both women did the right thing, not getting out of the car at the suggestion of a stranger.
Foster says anyone else encountering such a situation should call 911 immediately so law enforcement has time to react and possibly locate the suspect.