A Utah woman arrested for drug possession on Saturday tried to fool police by impersonating her much younger daughter, according to court documents.
Heather Garcia, 38, had several outstanding warrants pending when officers pulled her over this weekend after realizing her silver BMW did not have a license, CBS affiliate KUTV reported.
Upon searching the vehicle, Davis County Police found a white powdery substance and drug paraphernalia. When officers attempted to identify Garcia, she told them her name was Mercedes and that she was born in 1998.
When police conducted a records check, they realized the identity Garcia was offering was actually her 21-year-old daughter’s. After positively identifying Garcia, they discovered the warrants.
Authorities charged Garcia with drug possession, driving with a revoked license, and offering false personal info to a police officer.
Heather Garcia joins an ignominious list
Garcia’s failed attempt to evade arrest is only the latest incident to showcase that not everyone who commits a crime is a criminal mastermind.
Last week, Washington state police said a man’s pickup truck was stolen – while he was in the process of robbing a local business.
A man impersonating law enforcement last month pulled over a van in Long Island that turned out to be full of detectives from the Nassau County Police Department, the Associated Press reported.
And in July, a Missouri fugitive’s attempt to evade police was foiled after his own body betrayed him.
According to a Facebook post from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, officers with the Liberty Police Department were searching for an unidentified man who was wanted for possession of a controlled substance in Clay County.
While police were looking for the suspected felon, he farted so loudly police were easily able to locate his hiding spot, Fox 9 reported.
“If you’ve got a felony warrant for your arrest, the cops are looking for you and you pass gas so loud it gives up your hiding spot, you’re definitely having a ? day,” the sheriff’s office wrote in the post.
- Heather Garcia: Davis County Jail