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Police impersonator suspected in Sparta stop

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - If you aren't sure it's really a police officer trying to pull you over, Kent County deputies suggest motorists continue on at a slow speed and call 911.

The advisory was issued after a driver near Sparta says a police impersonator pulled him over Thursday evening on Peach Ridge Avenue by 15 Mile Road.

The 18-year-old driver says he was stopped by an unmarked car with flashing blue LED lights on the dash.

Investigators say he didn't get suspicious until he saw the police officer step out of the car.

"As he looked in his mirror, he noticed the person approaching was not in uniform, but was in civilian clothing," explains Capt. Chuck DeWitt of the Kent County Sheriff's Dept. "That included blue jeans and a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up.
At that point he realized it was not a police officer and he pulled away."

Deputies say that is the only recent report of a police impersonator in Kent and surrounding counties.

The say the vehicle was a late model sliver Pontiac Bonneville.

On the internet there are commercial web sites that sell LED strobes to customers without proof there is a legitimate need for emergency lights.

Police say patrol officers in the area of northern Kent County where the incident happened are all in clearly marked squad cars.