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Detroit Police Officer Allegedly Coaxed Phone Numbers From Women During Traffic Stops

The officer is facing up to five years in prison.

July 16, 2019 - 7:03 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- A Detroit police officer is facing up to five years in prison for alleged misconduct during two separate traffic stops downtown Detroit last summer.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says officer Chancellor Searcy, 31, pulled over 21-year-old Sterling Heights woman on July 2, 2018 along Woodward Avenue near Congress Street. 

Prosecutors allege that during the traffic stop he threatened to send the woman to jail and impound her car if she didn't give him her phone number. To avoid getting a ticket, the woman gave Searcy her phone number, only to be bombarded by unwanted calls and text messages in the following days.

A little more than a month later, Searcy conducted another traffic stop along Woodward near Jefferson Avenue on Aug. 14 and allegedly repeated the behavior. Prosecutors say he pulled over a 29-year-old woman from Ray, Mich., and told her the same thing. He also allegedly flooded her phone with unwanted calls and text messages.

It was not made clear why the women were pulled over.

Searcy has been charged with two counts of misconduct in office, a common law offense carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison. He is expected to be arraigned on Aug. 17 in 36th District Court.