Basalt man arrested for impersonating cop
July 31, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Basalt man was arrested Sunday morning in Glenwood Springs for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
John E. Dalessandro, 51, was arrested at about 9:15 a.m. by Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies, according to an incident report released Thursday.
Deputies found in his possession a fake law enforcement badge, the report said.
Dalessandro was advised of the charges against him, including felony impersonation of a peace officer, harassment, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and driving under revocation, in Garfield County court on Monday.
He remains in the Garfield County jail on a $50,000 bond.
According to the Sheriff’s Office report, Dalessandro allegedly used his vehicle to run another vehicle off eastbound Highway 82 on the morning of July 22.
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According to the report, Dalessandro, driving a green Subaru wagon, approached a car having mechanical problems near the intersection of Highway 82 and County Road 154, identified himself as “a cop” and yelled at the driver of the vehicle to pull over.
When the motorist refused to pull over, Dalessandro allegedly forced the vehicle off to the side of the road and blocked it from leaving, the report said.
He allegedly exited his vehicle and displayed a badge and a black T-shirt with a state patrol emblem embroidered on it. The motorist called police and, after “a brief altercation,” the suspect left, the report stated.