Man Charged After Sheriff Stops Vehicle Resembling Cop Car

WWJ News
February 08, 2020 - 4:40 pm
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(Photo: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)


WATERFORD (WWJ/AP) - A Detroit-area man who was driving a SUV decked out like a police car when he was stopped by a county sheriff has been charged.

Adrian Ansah-Asante (photo: Oakland County Sheriff)

Adrian Ansah-Asante was arraigned Saturday in the Oakland County Jail on a felony concealed weapons charge and misdemeanor possession of flashing lights, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Mike Bouchard pulled over the vehicle Thursday in Waterford Township after noticing it had police-style bumpers, an array of lights on the back and a decal that read “emergency response.”

"I noticed that the decal on the door, the driver's door, said 'emergency response.' And I thought that's really bizarre, because typically an agency, if they mark a car, puts their agency name somewhere on the marking," the sheriff told WWJ's Christina McDaniel. 

The vehicle was speeding and had illegally tinted front windows, the sheriff’s office added.

Bouchard said there was a fake radar on the dashboard and a police-style computer. He also discovered a loaded gun and a large knife.

The sheriff’s office was trying to determine if anyone has been stopped by the vehicle, Bouchard said.

Bond was set at $50,000. Ansah-Asante, who lives in Waterford Township, was to be placed on GPS tether before release from the jail. He also was ordered not to operate a vehicle equipped with emergency lights or possess firearms or other weapons.

Anyone who may have been pulled over by someone impersonating police is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 248-858-4950 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.