Man uses brother’s ID at traffic stop to no avail; arrested

ST. GEORGE – A man’s attempt to avoid identification by police failed Wednesday when he gave his brother’s driver’s license to an officer on a traffic stop, a license that records check showed as denied, giving rise to further investigation and the man’s arrest on multiple outstanding warrants as well as new charges.

While working traffic control, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Officer Matt Stoker observed a man driving a pickup truck traveling 10-15 miles below the speed limit, brake almost to a stop at an intersection where there was no stop sign, and put on his turn signal to turn right but then continue traveling another direction, Stoker said in his probable cause statements supporting the arrests.

From those indicators, Stoker initiated a traffic stop near 400 E. Pioneer in Ivins for a possible DUI.

Jason Dale Watnes, of Payson, Utah, booking photo posted Dec. 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Jason Dale Watnes, of Payson, Utah, booking photo posted Dec. 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

“I made contact with the driver and he advised he was lost,” Stoker said in the statement.

When Stoker asked the man, who was later identified as Jason Dale Watnes, 37, of Payson, for his driver’s license, Watnes told Stoker he didn’t have it with him and gave his brother’s information as his own, the statement said.

After running the false information given by Watnes, the name came back as having a denied Utah driver’s license, Stoker said in the statement, and Watnes was placed under arrest for the denied Utah driver’s license.

A Washington County Sheriff’s Office narcotics K-9 was called in. The K-9 was deployed on the truck and alerted to an illegal controlled substance being present, Stoker said.

During a search of the truck, Stoker located a backpack in the backseat of the truck with a wallet containing Watnes’ Social Security card and credit card and discovered he had lied about his name, according to the probable cause statement. Furthermore, Stoker located a small plastic bag with suspected methamphetamine residue in the backpack, as well a 9mm handgun.

After running Watnes’ real information, it was discovered that he also had a denied driver’s license, along with six outstanding warrants for his arrest, Stoker said. He also was a Category I restricted felon making it illegal for him to have a weapon in his possession.

Watnes was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Wednesday.

He was charged with one second-degree felony for being in possession of a firearm as a Category I restricted felon; three third-degree felonies for drug possession and warrants; four class A misdemeanors for warrants; a class B misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia; and two class C misdemeanors for providing false information to a police officer and driving on a denied driver’s license.

Catching up

While incarcerated, St. George Police paid Watnes a visit regarding a residential burglary in St. George that was reported on July 18, St. George Police Officer Joshua Wilson said in his probable cause statements supporting the additional charges.

Several items were taken out of the residence over a period of time, Wilson said in the statement, and several of those stolen items ended up in multiple pawn shops in St. George after being pawned by Watnes.

Wilson met with Watnes at the jail on Friday. Wilson said:

I Mirandized him and he spoke with me about the situation. He informed me that he did pawn the items listed at the different pawn shops. He claimed to have gotten the stolen items from a girlfriend. He stated that he pawned the items because he was trying to help this girl out. He stated that he had no knowledge of the burglary, but did state that he only went into the outside carport of the house in question. Jason believed that the girl he was helping was involved in the burglary, and was adamant that he didn’t go inside.

Watnes was additionally charged with a class A misdemeanor for receiving stolen property; and three class B misdemeanors for theft by deception.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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11 Comments

  • Evil twins mommy December 23, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Well hopefully he will get assistance in getting his affairs in order and with some patience and understanding he will become a productive member of society. We should always help those who are in need.. Have a blessed day everyone.. Merry Christmas

    • Koolaid December 23, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Maybe a holiday fundraiser?

  • mo ferguson December 23, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Just trying to make Christmas a little brighter for his girlfriend. Burglarizing homes is easier than fighting the crowds at the malls…..but risky. Oh well, win some , lose some. Dopers suck!

  • sagemoon December 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Dang tweekers.

  • GladImNotWhite December 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

    My brother did the same thing to me. Then a warrant was issued for my arrest. I was required to take a yearly back round check by my employer. Well needless to say i was terminated. I then had to make a court date and prove that I was not even living in this state at the time of the incident. It gets better, he did not have my physical ID he used my social security number during the traffic stop. Everything was dropped, but I was not rehired. Oh, did I mention I have been pulled over because SGPD thought that I was my brother. That was fun. Felony stops are always a joy. That was a while ago and my brother has turned his life around…he is a cop now! Don’t ask me how a felon can be a cop but he is. Funny my whole family is now in law enforcement. Can’t say that any of us are SGPD though.

    • Dana December 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      I call BS on your Christmas Tale.

      • Joe Smith December 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

        yea, it sounds like the ramblings of a total idiot…

      • Retired Trooper December 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

        In the 8o’s I worked the highway by Bull Frog on Lake Powell. I arrested a guy for DUI and he was wearing a swim suit and no wallet. He gave me his brother ID information (DOB and SS Number). Two months later I got a call to go see the JP in Ticaboo and there he was with his brother. He had a black eye and spit lip. Seem the brother got a Driver License suspension notice in the mail. Brother had a talk with him about the back yard about that weekend.. It does happen

  • ladybugavenger December 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    ” He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” by the Hollies….

    “The road is long
    With many a winding turn
    That leads us to who knows where
    Who knows when
    But I’m strong
    Strong enough to carry him
    He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”

    Should be no labor, be good to your neighbor and take the fall for your brother.

  • IN THE GAME December 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    “And the dish ran away with the spoon”

  • Dan Lester December 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Evil Twins Mommy I’ve seen your kind and loving comments on all of these poor misguided individuals today who have run afoul of the evil men in blue and brown. I agree that they should get love and affection, and find it so generous of you to bail them out and allow them to move into your home with your family. This is the ultimate expression of the Christmas Spirit. In order to help you with this fine work, let me know where to send it, and I’ll send you two bits to assist with it.

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