By Jon King /

A Lyon Township man charged with trying to impersonate a police officer is being sought by authorities after he failed to show up in court.

A bench warrant was issued last week for 53-year-old Leonard Charles Harris after he failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing in Oakland County Circuit Court. The judge also revoked his bond. Harris was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and flashing lights and cocaine possession, following his arrest in May of 2020 along with 25-year-old Leanna Paige Garcia-Stowe.

The couple was pulled over by undercover Oakland County Sheriff’s detectives in the Kensington Place mobile home community at Grand River and Kent Lake Road. Officers said the pair began following the undercover vehicle in an SUV with police-style lights in the windshield. Two children, ages 1 and 2, were also inside the SUV at the time. A background check determined that Harris was a convicted felon and in illegal possession of a police-style emergency LED flashing light, along with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol; a semi-automatic starter pistol; a police-style badge; a set of police handcuffs; a police scanner and a spotlight.

Also discovered in the vehicle was a plastic straw containing suspected cocaine residue. Harris reportedly admitted to the detectives he had used the police lights and other equipment to impersonate a police officer. After impounding the SUV, police turned over the two children to the custody of their grandmother.

Garcia-Stowe previously pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and cocaine possession and was sentenced to six months in jail.