HAZEL PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Hazel Park police are concerned a Detroit man might be posing as a police officer.
Investigators pulled over Vincent Coleman, 50, on Wednesday after he swerved in front of a patrol car near 8 Mile and Van Dyke.
Officers says Coleman hasn't had a valid driver's license since 2003, but the contents of his car are what raised eyebrows. Investigators say his 2000 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor was decked out with strobe lights and a working siren similar to official patrol cars. Inside, investigators also found a loaded 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun, clothes with "SECURITY" written on them, and official-looking badges.
Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner stresses that Coleman has not been charged with impersonating an officer, but he is asking the public to contact police if they think they've been victimized by a fake cop.
"It's just that with the recent reports, especially in the Detroit area, of people being pulled over by fake police officers and robbed and things of this nature, I thought it was important that we get it out," Barner told Action News.
Coleman remains in jail and is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
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