Woman Impersonates Her 21-Year-Old Daughter In Attempt To Avoid Arrest
A 38-year-old woman told police officers that she was actually her 21-year-old daughter when they attempted to arrest her for driving without a license and having drug paraphernalia in her vehicle.
Heather Garcia was pulled over in Davis County, Utah last week. KUTV reported that “an officer noticed her Silver BMW did not have a license.” When officers searched the vehicle, they discovered “drug paraphernalia and a white powdery substance.”
When officers arrested Garcia, she claimed her name was Mercedes and that she was born in 1998. This was actually the personal information for Garcia’s daughter. When police identified the woman as Heather, they found out she also had some outstanding warrants. She was arrested and charged with “drug possession, driving with a revoked license, and offering false personal info to a police officer,” according to KUTV’s review of court documents. Fox News expanded on the drug possession charge after reviewing inmate records, which the outlet said Garcia was charged with “possession or use of a controlled substance, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.”
In addition, she was also charged driving without insurance.
Impersonations rarely work. In May, an Arkansas woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison after she impersonated a Sheriff’s Deputy in an attempt to help her boyfriend escape from jail. People reported that Maxine Feldstein and her boyfriend Nicholas Lowe had been arrested in July 2018. Feldstein was arrested for possession with intent to deliver, according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, but was released the following day. Lowe was kept in jail due to a hold from Ventura County.
While Lowe remained in jail, he asked Feldstein to contact the prison pretending to be a police officer and claim that overcrowding had become an issue, so “all low-priority extraditions have been suspended,” police wrote in an affidavit reported by KTHV.
Feldstein did as she was told and contacted the jail, pretending to be “Deputy Kershaw with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office,” according to KTHV. She provided a fake document that led to Lowe’s release.
Two days later, an actual officer from Ventura County called to ask when they could transfer Lowe. The police figured out their mistake and re-arrested the couple one month later. Lowe plead guilty to third-degree escape and was sentenced to a year in prison, while Feldstein received 15 years — ten for the forged document and five for helping in the escape.
“It was very well-planned and very well-executed,” Fourth Judicial District Chief deputy prosecuting attorney Mieka Hatcher told People. “Planning and executing an escape is a serious crime.”
In June, a 54-year-old man impersonated a police officer and tried to conduct a traffic stop. Timothy Trivett had blue and white flashing lights on his Chevy Impala, which he used to pull over a fellow motorist. An actual police officer pulled up behind Trivett and noticed he was dressed like a police officer, with body armor and equipment as well. Trivett was arrested and charged with “impersonating a police officer and for possessing multiple handguns,” according to WUSA9.