HERCULES — A woman with seven misdemeanor arrest warrants handed a police officer a driver’s license with a picture of somebody else, leading to her arrest on suspicion of identity theft, police said.
Police did not immediately identify the 51-year-old Vallejo woman, whom they arrested about 10:10 a.m. Wednesday. They said she handed officers a driver’s license with a photo of a Latina woman.
The woman driving a silver 1997 Honda Civic on Sycamore Avenue was African-American, police said. The officer pulled her over at a Taco Bell for having an expired registration.
She also is suspected being an unlicensed driver, giving a false identification to a police officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
The officer detained the woman after making the observation, and she initially tried to identify herself as somebody else, police said. Through questioning, she eventually admitted her true identity, police said.
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According to police, the seven outstanding arrest warrants were for misdemeanor theft crimes in Napa and Solano counties.
The officer searched the car and found a California identification card and Social Security card in the woman’s purse, police said. Those cards belonged to a person whose name was one the woman tried to use, police said.
A bank card belonging to someone else also was in the car.
Police made contact with the real owner of the driver’s license, which police said was stolen out of Vallejo. The driver was taken to the county jail in Martinez.