Monroe Police arrest man allegedly impersonating an officer

This is the vehicle Monroe Police believe was used in the officer impersonation. (WNWO/Marcus Espinoza)

MONROE, Mich. (WNWO) - A bizarre and potentially dangerous situation unfolded in 24 hours for the community of Monroe, Michigan.

A man was accused of impersonating an officer Thursday evening.

The incident took place at the corner of a five-way stop at East Sixth Street and LaPlaisance Road. The suspect believed that he was cut off by another driver and caught up to the person to "question" them.

When he did so, he soon found out the person he cornered was a corrections officer with the Monroe Police Department. When the real officer asked the suspect for his ID, he took off.

Less than 24 hours later, the man and his car were located. Police arrested him for impersonating an officer. That crime is a felony.

While inspecting the car, the Monroe Police Department was surprised to discover a rather elaborate setup.

His car was retrofitted with a light bar on the top, a tablet mounted on the dash, similar to how it is in a real police car, and, most disturbingly, a holster with a BB gun in the back seat that officers say could easily be mistaken for a real gun.

"This is the danger that people run into, believing that it is (a real police car). This particular individual is not a police officer and has no police authority and when they're doing police functions it creates a huge issue," said Lt. John Wall.

The suspect's name has not been released pending final charges.

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