Man posing as Michigan State Police officer pulled over commercial driver in Livingston County

Vehicle had emergency lights

HANDY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Michigan State Police said a person claiming to work for the department made a traffic stop in Handy Township and when he was asked for his identification and business card he fled the scene.

The alleged impostor police officer pulled over the driver at 9:45 a.m. Friday in the area of Layton and Fowlerville Roads. Police said he was described as a white man who was between 5 feet 10 inches, and 6 feet tall.

He is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s. He didn’t have facial hair and was last seen wearing sunglasses, a dark-colored uniform, dark hat, silver badge and a name tag that possible said “Smith.”

He was wearing a duty belt with radio and handcuffs. The driver did not see a gun. The vehicle he drove was a 2008 to 2010 Chevy Tahoe that was dark in color. It didn’t have decals but it had spotlights. It also had emergency lights on the grill and in the windshield but no overhead lights.

There wasn’t a push bar on the front of the vehicle, police said. If you have any information contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at 517-564-2440.

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