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Kenosha Man Charged With Serious Felony For Allegedly Almost Running Over Kenosha Motorcycle Officer

James DeFazio (43) Kenosha, In Court Today With Defense Attorney Frank Parise
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

A Kenosha man made his first appearance in court today, after being charged with Resisting an Officer, Disorderly Conduct, and Second Degree Recklessly Endangering the Safety of a police officer.

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According to the criminal complaint, a motorcycle officer who was monitoring traffic monday clocked a car driven by 43-year-old Jim DeFazio of Kenosha going 55 in a 35 mph zone. He then pulled over the vehicle. DeFazio couldn’t find his insurance card and got upset, telling the officer he needs to “get the fuck out of here” because he was late to an appointment.

The officer cited DeFazio for speeding and not carrying proof of insurance. He then told DeFazio that he couldn’t drive home and needed to park the vehicle. That angered DeFazio, who called the officer a “dick and a half,” a “fucking asshole,” and a “fucking dick.” He also told the officer to “shut the fuck up” when calling his mother for a ride.

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The officer, who was five to six inches away from DeFazio’s car said that Defazio shifted the vehicle into drive and accelerated away, squealing his tires. DeFazio then parked in a parking lot, got out, gave the officer the finger, and said “fuck you, you fucking asshole.”

Three more officers arrived and DeFazio resisted arrest.

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James DeFazio Mugshots
(Kenosha County Sheriff)

This isn’t DeFazio’s first time interacting with the police.

In 2008, DeFazio was convicted of domestic abuse that occurred the year before. He received one year of probation.

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On February 21, 2014, DeFazio yelled profanities at a city bus driver after he had to run after the bus to catch it. While being arrested, he insulted officers with vulgar and sexual comments. He called officers “dick heads,” “pussy bitches,” and “fucking shithead motherfuckers.” It took many officers several minutes to get DeFazio into custody. He was charged with obstructing an officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. He plead guilty to obstructing and the other two charges were dismissed, he got six months probation.

On November 19, 2014, DeFazio was fired from Goodwill and he started to yell vulgarities at his former boss. He was charged with disorderly conduct and bail jumping. The bail jumping was dismissed. He received a small fine.

On July 6, 2017, DeFazio got into a verbal and then physical altercation with customers at Family Dollar, where he worked. He pushed a man down, injuring him and breaking his eye-glasses. DeFazio was charged with battery, criminal damage to property, and disorderly conduct. The arresting agency was the Pleasant Prairie Police Department. He called Pleasant Prairie Judge Dick Ginkowski a “dick” and, believe it or not, insulted the PPPD officers. This incident was caught on camera. He plead guilty to only disorderly conduct and, believe it or not, got only a fine.

Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Bill Michel
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Bill Michel set DeFazio’s bail at $2,500 cash and he bonded out just after 5pm on Tuesday.

DeFazio faces more than 10 years in the Wisconsin Prison System if convicted of all charges.


  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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18 Responses

  1. 5′ 9″ (on toes)
    Another midget with a big mouth 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Wussy (with a P)

    Subject Number
    5′ 9″
    183.0 lbs
    Photo 1DL1G811

  2. I’ve seen Jim out at bars in town, dude is nuts. Always getting into fights. I think some time behind bars would serve him well

  3. What is with the court commissioner? This is an example of an individual who needs time in jail and where past behavior predicts future.

  4. Jim has quit a temper and is a pathological liar. It’s only a matter of time before he seriously hurts or kills someone. The things I’ve personally seen and heard, very scary. He just keeps getting a slap on the wrist.

  5. Insults the police while calling his mother for a ride. Look up loser in the dictionary and it says “see James Defazio.”

  6. Wow why is this guy out with a temper and mouth like that? Sounds like a menace to society. Doing sometime in the pen instead of all these slaps on the wrist would do him some good me thinks!

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