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3:41 PM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County authorities are warning drivers to watch out for a police impersonator.

Investigators say around 7:50 p.m. Thursday, a person driving a silver Pontiac Bonneville activated two flashing lights on his dashboard and stopped a car on southbound Peach Ridge Avenue in Sparta Township.

Deputies say the man driving the Pontiac approached the stopped car carrying something similar to a flashlight in his hand.  The driver became suspicious and sped off. 

The suspect is believed to be a white man in his twenties, and is about six feet tall with skinny build.  He was wearing jeans and a hooded sweatshirt.  

In the warning issued Friday afternoon, deputies issued the following statement:

"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 911 and continue driving at a slow rate of speed."

Anyone with information should call the Kent County Sheriff Department at (616) 632-6125 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.


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