Basalt man busted for impersonating police officer on 82 |

Basalt man busted for impersonating police officer on 82

John Gardner
Basalt, CO Colorado
John E. Dalessandro

BASALT, Colorado – A Basalt man was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

John E. Dalessandro, 51, was arrested at approximately 9:15 a.m. July 26 in Glenwood Springs 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 stated.

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 July 27.

He remains in Garfield County Jail on $50,000 bond.

According to the Sheriff’s Office report, Dalessandro allegedly used his vehicle to run another vehicle off eastbound Highway 82, the morning of July 22.

The report stated that Dalessandro, in a green Subaru wagon, approached a car that was having mechanical problems near the intersection of Highway 82 and County Road 154 and identified himself as “a cop” and yelled at the driver of the vehicle to pull over.

When the other vehicle refused to pull over, Dalessandro allegedly forced the vehicle off to the side of the road and blocked it from leaving, the report stated.

He allegedly exited his vehicle and displayed a badge and a black T-shirt with a State Patrol emblem embroidered on it. The driver of the other party called police, and after “a brief altercation,” the suspect left, the report stated.

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