DUI suspect signs wrong name
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY –An officer saw a car run a red light on eastbound Highway 6 March 19. The officer was stopped in the westbound lane. He made a U-turn and pulled over the driver for running the light.
The driver said there was no reason for running the red light and admitted to having three beers. He told the officer he didn’t have a license or registration.
The officer had the 23-year-old man step out of the car. The man was unsteady on his feet and leaned on the car. He refused to perform roadside maneuvers, so the deputy arrested him and told him to choose a blood or breath test. The man asked the deputy to choose for him. The officer said he could not and eventually the man chose to take a blood test.
At the hospital, the man couldn’t provide basic information hospital staff needed to perform the test. The man said he didn’t know his address or phone number and didn’t have any friends. The officer told him if the blood test couldn’t be taken he would go to jail. The man still couldn’t provide the information.
Police inventoried the man’s property at the jail. His wallet had a Costco card with a name, which was checked in the computer system. The computer indicated the man had a Colorado driver’s license. The man also signed that name on a medical release form at the jail but he maintained that his name was the original alias he’d told the officer during the traffic stop.
He was charged with criminal impersonation, DUI, driving without insurance and failing to obey a traffic signal.