HURRICANE – Claiming to be his brother, a 35-year-old man was arrested by Hurricane City Police Monday after his girlfriend reported he had committed theft and also alerted officers that he had outstanding warrants in Sevier County.
According to a probable cause statement written by Hurricane City Police Officer Ian Atkinson in connection with the arrest, Dwight Jack Davis, of Salina, was reported by his girlfriend to have stolen tools from her stepfather before leaving her Hurricane home. She told Atkinson that Davis was driving a black SUV, was armed with knives and had outstanding warrants from the Richfield area.
Atkinson was notified that fellow officers had found the SUV on State Street in Hurricane. When he arrived on scene, he learned that Davis had been using his brother’s name and birthdate to identify himself to officers.
“I knew the personal information Dwight (Davis) had given to be false, from talking to Dwight’s girlfriend,” Atkinson said in the statement.
Locating a photo of Davis’ brother and comparing it to the man they had on the scene, officers confirmed the two men were not one and the same.
When confronted, Davis gave police a new false name, identifying himself as Dwight Lewis, according to the statement. Once he was handcuffed and detained, Davis finally admitted he had provided false information about his identity because he had outstanding warrants.
Davis was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility and charged with one count each of providing false information to a police officer by using another person’s identity, a class A misdemeanor; and providing false personal information to police, a class C misdemeanor; Davis was also booked on the two outstanding warrants.
His girlfriend’s stepfather was unavailable to verify ownership of the tools she had accused Davis of taking, according to the statement. Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said Davis was not ultimately charged with any kind of theft in regard to the tools, because the investigation didn’t yield sufficient evidence to move forward with those charges.
According to court documents, Davis’ active warrants in Sevier County included a “failure to appear” warrant for another case in which he allegedly used his brother’s name to avoid being caught driving on a suspended license.
The probable cause statement in that case stated Davis was charged with providing false personal information to a Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy; failure to disclose his identity; driving without insurance; driving on a suspended license; and speeding.
At the time of this publication, Davis has been released from custody, according to current bookings information.
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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