DETROIT – Michigan State Police are investigating after a man impersonated an MSP trooper.
According to authorities, MSP received reports of a possible police impersonator pulling people Saturday night over near the intersection of I-96 and Davison Freeway. Witnesses described him as a white man wearing a black uniform and driving a black Dodge Charger with red/blue lights.
A fake police officer pulled over a Highland Park reserve officer on Saturday around 7 p.m. That officer said he knew immediately that something was wrong with the situation.
Highland Park Reserve Officer Dares Bryant was on I-96 near the Davison Freeway, heading to the police station for the overnight shift.
“Lights and sirens went off behind me. So, naturally, I stopped,” Bryant said.
Bryant originally thought a Detroit officer was pulling him over, and then a man wearing an all-black dress uniform walked up to him and immediately ordered him out of his car. Bryant was on alert.
“I stopped out, we walked to his vehicle. I said, ‘Sir, who are you with?’ He said, ‘MSP,’” Bryant said. “Then from there, I asked him if I could see his departmental ID. He said, ‘We don’t carry those.’ That’s when I took some steps back and retreated.”
That’s when the fake cop jumped into his own car and took off.
Michigan State Police are investigating. The fake officer drove an all-black Charger with illegal police lights and a siren.
If you are pulled over by an unmarked vehicle and you aren’t sure if it’s real, MSP said residents should slow down and turn on your vehicle’s warning/emergency lights, drive to a public area and call 911 to explain your concerns, where a dispatcher will confirm if a police officer is initiating the traffic stop.