CASPER, Wyo. — A man who was reportedly arrested by Casper Police on November 9 for Driving While Under the Influence, has been recommended for a felony charge after his rental car came back as stolen.
Casper Police say that Jason G. Giordano was arrested approximately 2:00 am, Saturday, and was recommended for a charge of DUI. An affidavit filed in the case says that a towing company was called to collect the vehicle that Giordano had been driving, at the time of his arrest.
Employees of the towing facility called police later that day, at approximately 2:50 pm, to tell investigators that the car was coming back as stolen, according to the vehicle’s rental agency. It was also reported that Giordano was at the towing facility at the time, attempting to retrieve the vehicle.
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Giordano identified himself as working for a Colorado record label, and said that his work frequently brought him to the Casper area for extended periods of time.
An affidavit in the case says that Giordano denied that the vehicle was stolen, and said that he and his business got free rentals from the rental company, and the company automatically extends his rental agreements when needed.
Police report that the rental vehicle in question had been reported stolen out of Colorado on September 24, 2019. Further, officers say that a rental agreement provided by Giordano listed the rental period for the vehicle as from August 5, 2019 through August 8, 2019.
Police say that an employee of the rental company confirmed that they had reported the vehicle as stolen, due to the renter failing to return the vehicle or extend the agreement. The employees are also reported to have expressed certainty that the vehicle was not reported stolen by mistake.
Casper police officers also connected with Denver Police personnel, who reportedly told Casper PD that the car had been reported stolen after numerous failed attempts to contact Giordano.
Giordano was placed under arrest for the second time on November 9th, and was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center where he was booked on a recommended charge of felony level Wrongful Taking of Property.
The police affidavit says it is unknown why the vehicle hadn’t shown as “stolen” during the DUI arrest, during the early morning of November 9.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.