DETROIT, MI – MSP today, Friday April 6th, 2018, is detailing their accounting of the events that lead up to the arrest and subsequent charges of Blake Purvis. Purvis is accused of allegedly impersonating a police officer while in the city of Detroit.
On Tuesday March 27th, 2018, Michigan State Police troopers assigned to the Metro South Post overheard a discussion on Channel 995 about a possible police impersonation that occurred on M-10 near I-94 in the city of Detroit.
Troopers interviewed the victim who felt the suspect was trying to pull her over in an unmarked vehicle. Further investigation revealed that during a consent search of the suspects’ vehicle, troopers located a police K9 jacket and K9 collar brass in the vehicle.
On Wednesday April 4th, 2018, the suspect, Blake Purvis, 23 years old, from River Rouge, was arrested on a 2-count misdemeanor warrant for LAW ENFORCEMENT EMBLEM/INSIGNIA/IDENTIFICATION – UNLAWFULLY WEARING/DISPLAYING 750.216B and MOTOR VEHICLES-USE/POSSESSION OF FLASHING LIGHTS 257.698.
Purvis was lodged at the Detroit Detention Center and has since posted bond. His next court date is pending at the 36th District Court in Detroit.
MSP reminds motorists that they use only marked vehicles for traffic enforcement. If a driver has any doubt if they are being stopped by a real police officer they should keep driving, turn on their emergency flashers and contact 911 to verify if that is a real police officer.