Man Accused Of Impersonating Cop Cleared Of Some Charges
Jun 20, 2017 06:30AM
By Bill Gilman
When are flashing lights not THOSE flashing lights?
Apparently when those lights are white and not red and blue.
A charge of impersonating a police officer has been dropped against a Dracut man arrested in March in Tyngsboro.
According to an article published by the Lowell Sun, Lowell District Court Judge Daniel Crane dismissed the misdemeanor charge against Kevin Lessard, 45.
Lessard's lawyer argued that the flashing lights on Lessard's vehicle are white, and therefor legal, and that Lessard never pulled over the car or flashed a badge. For those reasons, she argued that police did not have probable cause for the charge. Crane agreed.
However, Lessard is still facing a felony charge of carrying a hand gun without a permit.
The charges against Lessard stemmed from a March 4 incident on Pawtucket Boulevard. With his white lights flashing on his maroon Crown Victoria, Lessard pulled up behind a disabled vehicle near the Vesper Country Club.
According to the police report, Lessard told the female driver he would stay with her until a tow truck got there. Lessard did not identify himself as an officer but he was armed with a revolver and had a police baton in his car.
When actual officers arrived at the scene, he admitted he was carrying a loaded gun that he didn't have a license for. He was placed under arrest and charged with impersonating a police officer, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without an FID card, and carrying a dangerous weapon (police baton).
Lessard is due back in Lowell District Court on the felony firearms charges on July 14.