River Rouge Man Charged Again With Impersonating a Police Officer

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Blake Purvis, 23 (DOB: 09/28/1994), of River Rouge, in connection with a second case of Impersonating a Peace Officer, (one-year misdemeanor). In November 2016 at approximately 6:00 p.m., it is alleged that Purvis was impersonating a police officer when he pulled over two men driving in the area of Stahelin and Ford Road. The men were working with a Detroit Police Department community patrol group. It is alleged that Purvis pulled them over for having a flashing amber light on their car. When the men indicated that they would radio for a marked police car, the defendant fled the scene. Purvis was arraigned today before Judge Roberta Archer in 36th District Court and has a pre-trial scheduled for May 14, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. He received a $10,000 cash/surety bond.

He was also charged in a similar case on April 4, 2018. On March 24, 2018 at approximately 6:30 p.m., it is alleged that Purvis was driving a black SUV with police-inspired decals on the car and wearing clothes resembling a police uniform. It is further alleged he used flashing lights to make a fake traffic stop of a woman who was driving her car at the Lodge Freeway near the I-94. When the woman became suspicious of the defendant's car, she kept driving and immediately reported the incident to the police. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department resulted in the identification and charging of the defendant. Purvis was charged with Impersonating a Peace Officer, (one-year misdemeanor), and Possession of Flashing Lights (90-day misdemeanor).* Purvis has a pre-trial hearing on this case, scheduled for May 14, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Archer as well.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.