Detroit cop charged after allegedly asking women for their numbers to avoid traffic tickets

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Posted at 11:10 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 17:43:28-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A Detroit police officer has been charged after allegedly asking two women for their phone numbers to avoid traffic tickets.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Chancellor Dmitri Searcy, 32, of Detroit, with misconduct in office.

According to a release, it is alleged that Searcy, on two separate occasions, asked women he had pulled over for their phone numbers in exchange for him dropping traffic tickets.

On July 2, 2018, the officer allegedly conducted a traffic stop on Woodward Avenue near Congress. He pulled over a 21-year-old woman from Sterling Heights and asked for her number. After providing the number, it is alleged the woman received unwanted calls and texts from Searcy.

The second incident, on Aug. 14, 2018, Searcy pulled over a 29-year-old woman from Ray, Michigan. The woman was allegedly told that she would go to jail, have her car impounded and receive a ticket unless she provided her phone number to the officer. The woman then said she began receiving unwanted calls and texts from Searcy.

In January 2017, Searcy was found not guilty after being charged for stealing thousands of dollars from people he pulled over.

He now faces a max penalty of up to five years in prison, and will be arraigned at 1 p.m. on Aug. 17. WXYZ plans to live stream his arraignment.