PAROWAN — A man who identified himself falsely to police when he was pulled over in Parowan for no license plate light, was arrested Saturday on an array of charges after police found incriminating evidence in his vehicle after he was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
At 10:52 a.m., Parowan Police Officer Paul Smith pulled over a vehicle at 300 E. 200 South in Parowan. The driver presented the officer with a Utah driver’s license for a Jeffrey Picklesimer, 49, of Grantsville, an ID that was later determined to be false.
When Smith ran the man’s Picklesimer driver’s license it showed he had an outstanding warrant out of the 3rd District Court for $50,007 so the man was arrested. While inventorying the contents of his vehicle, Smith said in the statement, an number of items were found including several checks made out to a woman totaling $2,003, a $128.78 check made out to another woman, four driver’s licenses that named different women, two computers and a printer.
“With the printer and computers,” Smith said in the statement, “there were several blank check stock templates along with check writing software.”
While the man was being booked into the Iron County Jail, staff found he did not match Picklesimer’s description.
“Booking staff were able to compare with such things as tattoos and markings as compared with the man that was booked that he identified himself as,” Parowan Police Chief Ken Carpenter said.
According to court minutes, the man identified himself as Jeremy Williams, born Aug. 18, 1976, during his initial court appearance Tuesday.
“It was the identity of someone else that he knew that he provided and his actual name is Jeremy Williams,” the police chief said. “You get people who will provide false information from time to time. This was more unique and it actually appears to be someone he was familiar with, had all their information and provided that information as his identity.
Williams was charged with two third-degree felonies for possession of another person’s ID documents and possession of a writing that was a forgery or a device for making such a forgery; a class A misdemeanor for providing false personal information to the police with the intent of leading an officer to believe he was another person; and a class B misdemeanor for theft.
“This was a good case for us because a routine traffic stop turned out to be a big case,” Carpenter said. “We’re able to take him off the street before he does any further damage to people.”
Iron County Jail officials said Thursday that Williams is still in custody, and a cash-only bail requirement was listed at $10,000, as requested by the officer at the time of booking when the man’s identity was in question. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
St. George News Reporter Holly Coombs and Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this report.
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