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Police: Gilmer man pretended to be officer

By Richard Yeakley
Sept. 18, 2012 at 10 p.m.


A Gilmer man who was free from jail on bond after being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, was arrested again Saturday.

This time, police said, James Alan Danner was charged with pretending to be a police officer and possession of an illegal weapon.

Danner, 30, was arrested at 3:40 a.m. after a motorist told police Danner tried to pull him over with flashing red and blue lights and a siren.

The motorist refused to pull over, and instead followed Danner until real police caught up with him in the Brookshire's parking lot at the intersection of Gilmer Road and Hawkins Parkway, according to his arrest affidavit.

"(Danner) said that a vehicle had passed his Ford F-150 at a high rate of speed and wanted to use the lights as a tool to slow them down," police wrote in Danner's arrest affidavit.

After his arrest, police found a gun in his car, according to his arrest affidavit.

Longview police booked him into jail on charges of impersonating a public servant and unlawful carrying of a weapon, according to his booking report.

Danner was arrested July 10, and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

In that case, officers said Danner threw his girlfriend to the couch, pinned her and said he would kill her with a handgun. The victim told police Danner came home from work angry and convinced her to enter their shared apartment to talk to him.

According to that arrest record, Danner locked the door and attacked the woman, who told officers Danner pulled the hammer back on his gun and put it against her face, demanding her cell phone, keys and debit card and threatening to kill her.

A day after this arrest in July, Danner was freed from jail after posting $10,000 bond.

Following his arrest on Saturday, Danner once again bonded out of the Gregg County Jail - this time after posting $11,000 bond.

Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson, who set bond for Danner after both arrests, said bonds are often set without a full history of charges against a defendant.

"I need to have a little information on there, if there is something I need to know," Jameson said. "But if the arrest affidavit says, 'This guy has been arrested for the same thing 10 times,' he clearly is not getting it, and I don't mind putting a big fat bond on him."

In the Saturday bond hearing, Jameson said, he had no information about prior arrests at the time he set Danner's bond.

According to Upshur County online records, Danner was arrested in Gilmer on Dec. 31, 2007, and charged with assault family violence and deadly conduct.

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