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Lying to the Police Doesn’t Pay Off: Brecksville Police Blotter

The following information was supplied by the Brecksville Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The following incidents were reported by the from April 17. The information was compiled from police reports.

False information and changing stories
Police planned to stop a car missing a front license plate on Interstate 77 at 10:21 p.m. on April 17, but the car pulled off to the shoulder first. The officer pulled off the road to wait for the car to pass and then pulled it over.

The driver, a 25-year-old Akron woman, said her car had been shutting off unexpectedly, and added that she was lost. The driver said she didn’t have any identification on her, and gave the police her name, birth date and social security number. It all turned out to be false. The driver walked up to the officer’s car to hand over her temporary license, saying she lied because she was nervous and had never been stopped before. Her temporary license was expired, and police began a search of the car before the tow came. They found a bag of marijuana inside the woman’s purse—she originally told police that it had been confiscated from a patient at the group home where she works. She later changed her story, saying she had found it on the floor of the group home’s lobby, and refused to file a written report.

She was charged with possession of marijuana and cited for the temporary license and missing front license plate.

Car troubles lead to charges
Police stopped a car at 10 a.m. on April 17 after noticing it weaving in its lane on Interstate 77. The driver, a 39-year-old Cleveland man, told the officer that the car’s alignment was off. But that wasn’t the only problem for the driver and his passenger, a 33-year-old Euclid man. The driver just had a temporary license and the passenger didn’t have one at all. And the officer could smell burnt marijuana. After asking a few times, the men handed over a bag from the center console. Both were charged with drug abuse. The driver was also cited with weaving course and with driving under the temporary license. The passenger was held on a failure to appear warrant.

Everybody makes mistakes—even us! If there's something in this article that you think should be corrected, or if something else is amiss, give Local Editor Rachel Abbey McCafferty a ring at 440-292-7245 or shoot her an email at rachel.abbey@patch.com.

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