A Utah woman allegedly tried to avoid arrest for outstanding warrants by pretending to be her 21-year-old daughter during a traffic stop—but the ruse didn’t fool authorities.
Heather Garcia, 38, was pulled over Saturday in Farmington after police noticed the Silver BMW she was driving did not have a license plate, according to local station KUTV.
During a search of the vehicle, Davis County Police allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia and a white powdery substance. But when officers asked the driver of the car her name, Garcia allegedly lied and told the officers her name was Mercedes, with a birth date in 1998 - 17 years after she'd actually been born. However, a records check would reveal that Garcia had actually provided her daughter’s name to police rather than her own.
After establishing her true identity, authorities discovered that Garcia had several outstanding warrants under her own name. She was taken into custody and booked into the Davis County Jail around 3 a.m. Saturday for the new and outstanding charges against her, according to jail records.
Garcia is now facing a series of charges that include possession or use of a controlled substance, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. She’s also facing charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license or registration, no insurance on a motor vehicle and providing false information to a peace officer, jail records state.
She is currently being held at the Davis County Jail.
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