2 Separate Michigan Drivers Charged For Impersonating Police Officers
We have all heard of road rage but people pulling over fellow Michiganders pretending to be police to get their point across is next level with one incident happening in W. Mi.
Road Rage in Michigan
No one likes getting cut off or having someone slam their brakes in front of them but that doesn't give any of us the right to go crazy on someone who does. There have been countless fist fights and even shots fired along Michigan roads over road rage incidents. There have been accidents when one vehicle chases another one down in a fit of rage that unfortunately ends in a tragic crash.
There are currently no road rage laws on the books in Michigan. There are other laws that offer penalties for drivers who engage in aggressive driving that endangers the safety of others. Drivers can be charged with reckless driving, and assault with a dangerous weapon if they point a shoot a gun at another driver.
A couple of Michigan drivers have stooped to a new level of road rage by pretending to be police officers and pulling people over.
Fake Police Pulling Over Michigan Drivers
Thanks to the internet it's not too hard to find a fake badge or even a real badge online for sale. You can also buy lights that are similar to police emergency lights and install them in or on your car and believe it or not, people are doing these things right here in Michigan.
There have been two separate cases recently of Michiganders pretending to be law enforcement in order to pull over fellow motorists to let them know they don't like their driving.
A 75-year-old man from Corunna, Michigan has been arrested for pulling over 3 drivers in Ionia and Kent Counties. This man went as far as to install blue and orange lights in his front windshield so he could make traffic stops. The man flashed a badge and according to WOOD, claimed to be a U.S. Marshall while threatening a driver with a ticket.
Much closer to Grand Rapids was a stop made by a separate person who turned out to be a 50-year-old man from Wyoming impersonating an officer. WOOD reported this guy followed a vehicle to a car wash where he whipped out a badge and told the workers he was pursuing a vehicle and then blocked the vehicle from leaving the carwash to let the other motorists know to watch their driving.
Be careful, they are out there. If you feel someone who is not an officer is pulling you over, find a safe public place to use your hands-free device to contact 911 to verify if the officer is real and let dispatch know where your location is.