Man charged with second case of impersonating cop

A 23-year-old River Rouge man was charged Monday in connection with a second case of impersonating a police officer.

Blake Purvis was charged with impersonating a peace officer, a one-year misdemeanor in connection with an alleged incident last November, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday.

It alleged that Purvis pulled over two men driving in the area of Stahelin and Ford Road while impersonating a police officer. The men were working with a Detroit Police Department community patrol group. Purvis allegedly pulled the men over for flashing an amber light. When the men indicated they would call for a marked Detroit police car, Purvis allegedly fled the scene.

Purvis was arraigned Monday before Judge Roberta Archer. He was given a $10,000 cash surety bond. A pre-trial for Purvis was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 14 before Archer.

Purvis was also charged April 4 in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred on the evening of March 24. According to the prosecutor’s office, Purvis was allegedly driving a black SUV around 6:30 p.m. with police-inspired decals on the car and wearing clothes that resembled a police uniform. He allegedly used flashing lights to make a fake traffic stop of a woman who was driving her car on the Lodge Freeway near Interstate 94.

The woman became suspicious of Purvis’ vehicle. She kept driving and reported the incident to police. Purvis was charged with impersonating a peace officer and possession of flashing lights, a 90-day misdemeanor.

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