River Rouge Man Charged With Impersonating a Police Officer

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Blake Purvis, 23, (DOB: 09/28/1994), of River Rouge, in connection with impersonating a police officer. 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 has been charged with Impersonating a Peace Officer, (one-year misdemeanor), and Possession of Flashing Lights (90-day misdemeanor).* He was arraigned on April 4, 2018 before 36th District Court Magistrate Dawn M. White. The defendant is scheduled for a Pre-Trial on April 16, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Roberta Archer in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $5,000/10% bond.

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