Bridgeport man allegedly lied to cops about his name
Updated 6:02 pm, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
DARIEN — A disabled vehicle on July 5 led to the arrest of a Bridgeport man for criminal impersonation and interfering with an investigation, among other charges.
Officers traveling on Brookside Road around 3:45 p.m. saw a vehicle pulled to the side of the road with its hazard lights flashing. After stopping to check on the driver, police were told by the operator that the car’s battery light had come on and the car had “just died,” police said.
While speaking with the operator, Jaurean Reid, 21, the officer smelled marijuana and asked for Reid’s name. Reid identified himself as “Jesse Turner” and said he was born in 1992, but no matching records were found in the Connecticut DMV database. Officers again asked for Reid’s date of birth, at which point he responded with a different date, according to a police report.
Officers again asked Reid about his identity. A second time, Reid gave a false name, allegedly telling police he was “Rashad Smith” and that he had a New York driver’s license. He told officers he lied about his identity because he was nervous. Police checked the New York DMV’s record and again found no match for the information given, resulting in Reid being detained by the officers until he could be identified.
When asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Reid told police there was a “spliff” — a joint filled with tobacco and marijuana — in the center console. While searching the console for the spliff, the officer found a wallet with identification inside bearing the name Jaurean Reid. Confronted about the name in the wallet, Reid first told police it was his brother’s name, then admitted it was his true name. He also told officers he had attempted to use his cousin’s name and date of birth, but thought he got the information wrong, according to the police report.
A further search of the vehicle revealed a scale and ashtray, both with marijuana residue on them, a joint and a zip-lock baggie with 2.5 grams of marijuana.
Reid, of 849 Platt St., Bridgeport, was charged with criminal impersonation, interfering with an investigation/officer, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.
He posted a $2,500 cash bond and is due in Stamford Superior Court July 19.