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Beware of police impersonator

The Kent County Sheriff Department is investigating a police impersonation that occurred near Peach Ridge Ave and 15 Mile Road last week.

Police said that on Thursday, November 1, at approximately 7:50 p.m., a car described as a silver newer Pontiac Bonneville with tinted windows activated two flashing blue lights on its dashboard to make a traffic stop on a car traveling southbound on Peach Ridge Ave.

After the car pulled over, the driver of the Bonneville got out and approached the victim’s car. The suspect was described as a white male in his early 20’s, approximately 6 feet tall with a skinny build. He was wearing jeans and a hooded sweatshirt and had something in his hand, similar to a flashlight.

The victim sped away. The suspect vehicle was last seen making a u-turn and traveling back to the north on Peach Ridge Ave.

Police said that drivers should be aware that this area is patrolled by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, the Michigan State Police, and the Sparta Police Department. All of these agencies have patrol cars with obvious police markings and highly visible emergency lights. If you are unsure if the patrol car pulling you over is real, call 9-1-1 and continue driving at a slow rate of speed.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616-632-6125 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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