A 51-year-old Detroit man, who impersonated a police officer, has been arrested for allegedly breaking up a Wayne County Sheriff's Department prostitution sting.
The man flashed a badge and told an undercover detective to get off the street while she was talking to a potential customer in the area of Vernor and Oakdale, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.
After the customer ran away, the man, who was driving a red pickup, began following the detective, shouting that he was an officer.
When the detective replied that she was also an officer, the man sped off, and he was stopped a short distance away.
Despite denying that he was carrying a badge, a search of the man's truck uncovered a loaded .40-caliber gun, a Detroit Police Department badge and clothing with police department logos, the sheriff's office said.
The man, who faces one count of impersonating an officer and possibly other charges, is in jail in Hamtramck pending arraignment.
"This is a very bizarre situation that could have become deadly.
This guy was so bold as to interrupt officers conducting a sting. For all intents and purposes he had the weapon, the badge and the clothing-that's a crime in itself. Who knows what other crimes he would commit in the future had our team not taken him down," WXYZ.com quoted Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon as saying.