Sketch released of suspect in bogus traffic stop

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Pontiac — The Oakland County Sheriffs Department has released a composite sketch of a man who impersonated a deputy during a bogus traffic stop.

According to reports, the incident occurred on June 5 when a 23-year-old West Bloomfield Township resident told deputies he had been pulled over while driving in the area of southbound Duck Lake Road, near Livingston Road.

The man said he stopped when the vehicle following him activated a blue flashing light. A male exited the vehicle and approached the driver.

When he got closer, the driver noted that he was not wearing a police uniform but was wearing a black ball cap with “Sheriff” in white lettering on the front.

The deputy asked the driver for license and registration and after asking a few questions, said he was going to let the driver off with a warning.

The suspect is described as a young white male about six-feet tall with a heavy build. He was dressed in all-dark clothing with no uniform, badge or visible insignia.

He was driving an older Crown Victoria with no markings, stripes or external lights. The blue strobe lights appeared to have been mounted on a visor on the interior of the car.

The driver was unable to obtain a license plate number.

The sheriff’s office is asking that anyone with information, or may have had a similar experience, to contact their office or local police department.

The sheriff department tip line is (888) 887-6146 or sheriff’s dispatch at (248) 858-4911.

There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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