His sister calls it a "misunderstanding:" Man accused of impersonating officer

RACINE (WITI) -- A 40-year-old Racine man was arrested Monday, November 10th for allegedly impersonating a police officer. The Racine Police Department identified the accused as Dale Mattison.

Mattison found himself in a courtroom on Tuesday, November 11th. Mattison faces seven charges in the case, including: second degree recklessly endagering safety, false imprisonment, impersonating a peace officer, operating a firearm while intoxicated, disorderly conduct, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Racine police on Monday responded to a complaint of a man with a gun near 6th and Marquette just before 11:00 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers learned that Mattison had followed a vehicle from the North Beach area, flashing his headlights and honking his horn. The victims told police that Mattison eventually pulled up next to them and stated he was an off-duty police officer and that they were all under arrest.

The victims told police they continued to drive and finally pulled into the MJ Petroleum parking lot at 6th and Marquette. Mattison then approached the vehicle, identified himself as an off-duty officer and demanded the victims' driver's licenses.  The victims say Mattison then took photos of their IDs.

At that time, the victims called 911.

When officers arrived at the scene, they recovered a handgun on Mattison, and he was arrested.

Mattison's family insists the accusations are out of character for him.

"There has to be a misunderstanding," Mattison's sister, Annie Mattison Wells said.

The criminal complaint filed against Mattison says he told police the driver of the pickup truck was driving recklessly, so he tried to perform a citizen's arrest. Mattison's family members say he's the kind of guy who would step in if he saw a problem, and they think that's what happened here.

"This does not sound like my brother. They had to have been doing something for my brother to do that. Like my brother said, he was doing a citizen arrest. I believe my brother," Annie Mattison Wells said.

Police say Mattison's blood-alcohol level was .094 at the time of his arrest. Police say they found an open bottle of beer in his vehicle and both oxycontin and oxycodone -- saying Mattison doesn't have a prescription for either medication.

Racine Police investigators are interested in any additional information that you may have about this crime. You are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at 262-635- 7756.

You may also contact Crimestoppers at 262-636-9330, or by texting RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.