Officials say a retired Wallington special police officer posed as an active duty officer at a crash site on Route 80 on New Year’s Day and then slashed the tyres of a State Police vehicle.
Kenneth David Delgado, 53, of Wallington, arrived at a crash in Hackensack at 11:30 p.m. on January 1 posing as a police officer, complete with a badge, body camera, and work ID card, according to State Police Sergeant Alejandro Goez.
The injured woman was transferred to Hackensack University Medical Center, where Delgado afterwards went. According to Goez, hospital surveillance footage caught Delgado putting on a medical mask and walking to the troopers’ SUV as they investigated the collision. He punctured two tyres and then departed.
Delgado surrendered to State Police on Thursday and was charged with, among other third- and fourth-degree felonies, impersonating a law enforcement officer, interfering with an investigation, obstruction, criminal mischief, and firearms offences.
A processing judge ordered his release from Bergen County Jail.
Under New Jersey law, impersonating a law enforcement officer is a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.