ROCHESTER HILLS (WWJ) A Highland Park man was busted for acting like a cop when he flipped on the flashing blue lights to make an illegal turn – right in front of the actual police on Friday, Sept. 13.
Oakland county sheriff’s deputies say 19 year-old Kavan Wooldridge looked the part of an officer complete with an old police cruiser and look-alike badge when he was spotted using a blue police style flashing light to make a prohibited turn at Auburn and Crooks in Rochester Hills.
The vehicle Wooldridge was driving was identified as a former/resold local police department vehicle that Wooldridge had purchased for personal use, officers said.
He had identification indicating he is employed at Detroit Metro Airport as a ramp agent for Delta Airlines, police said. He was also found to be in possession of an airsoft gun, handcuffs, police style badge and handheld radio, which had Delta Airlines markings.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard officers worry about guys wielding fake power this way, especially because it tends to become an escalating crime.
“Obviously, they know what they’re doing is illegal, they know they don’t have the power or authority to do what they’re doing, so you don’t know what’s going on inside their head,” Bouchard said. “Pulling people over is often the next step, sometimes we’ve seen things go even farther than that.”
The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for “use of a flashing or oscillating light,” which is a 90-day misdemeanor. On September 19, 2013, he was arraigned in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills and was given a $500 personal bond until his next court date, which has not been set.