Oakland County man charged for allegedly impersonating a police officer

Posted at 2:20 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 14:20:29-04

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said a man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

On Tuesday, an off-duty deputy was going west on Highland Rd. when he saw a disabled motorist just east of Airport Rd. The deputy then saw a black Dodge Charger with flashing red and blue lights come up and pass stopped traffic, then stop to talk to the driver of the vehicle.

According to the sheriff's office, the off-duty deputy then saw the vehicle was equipped with what looked like a radar unit, camera and bars on the back window. The vehicle was registered out of Ohio.

That's when the off-duty officer approached the Charger and identified himself as a deputy. According to the sheriff's office, the driver of the Charger said he was a bounty hunter.

Another deputy and Waterford police officer arrived at the scene and searched the car.

Inside, police said they fund an unloaded shotgun, pellet gun, body armor, portable radios and a gun belt with a taser, handcuffs and an asp. They also found a loaded 9mm pistol in the front part of the car.

The suspect said he works for a bail bond company in Royal Oak but allegedly didn't have documentation. Deputies did say he had a valid Concealed Pistol License.

The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Charles Molina, from Waterford Township. He was charged with use or possession of flashing lights, which is a 90-day misdemeanor.