DETROIT, MI – Blake Purvis, 23-years-old, of River Rouge, has been charged in connection with impersonating a police officer.
On Saturday March 24th, 2018, at approximately 6:30 p.m., it is alleged that Purvis was driving a black SUV with police-inspired decals on a vehicle and was 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.
The 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 is expected to be arraigned on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in 36th District Court at 10:30 a.m.
The downriver communities had been put on alert about Blake Purvis by various police departments on social media on Wednesday March 28th, 2018. Purvis was called in to speak with MSP about what was being reported to them and to conduct an interview with him to get his details concerning a reported road rage incident that was detailed by the victim on Mojo In The Morning on 99.5 radio.
Blake Purvis spoke with reporters outside of his residence in River Rouge not long after the interview with MSP. Some had been given the impression by him that he had been cleared of any possible charges. Purvis was only interviewed at that time. He was not arrested and charged until a thorough investigation could be completed. MSP never issued a statement clearing him of any charges. Blake Purvis was only questioned at that time and released pending further investigation into the allegations.