Man arrested for allegedly impersonating an officer

Police say accused presented ID and badge to drivers

A man has been arrested following reports of a suspicious incident on Oct. 20 at 11:50 a.m.

Police allege a man driving a 2007 silver, four-door Honda Civic westbound on Highway 401 near Neilson Road was outfitted with equipment commonly found in police vehicles.

The equipment included a two-way radio, mobile computer, emergency lighting and in-car camera. The man identified himself as a police officer to another driver, presenting police identification and a badge.

Michel Chartrand, 51, of Toronto was arrested later that day at approximately 1:20 p.m.

He is charged with impersonating a peace officer. He appeared in court Oct. 21 at College Park, 444 Yonge St.

Chartrand is described as white, 5-foot-10,195 lbs., with brown eyes, salt and pepper hair and a goatee.

Investigators are looking for individuals who may have had similar encounters with this man to come forward with any information.

According to a police press release, Toronto Police Services wishes to remind the public that when stopped, officers will be wearing a uniform and identifying themselves through photo identification and a badge.

Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to contact police at 416-808-5406 or Crime Stoppers.