A man recently involved in a traffic incident allegedly gave a highway patrolman a fake name, Jason Amos of Illinois, when asked to identify himself, then created a fake Facebook account under that name while highway patrol attempted to run his name through various systems to get official information about him.
An officer with Utah Highway Patrol responded to the incident Dec. 2 around 6:30 p.m. after receiving a report that a pickup truck had driven off the road about three miles east of Thompson Springs on Interstate 70. When the patrolman arrived, he found the truck 25 feet off the road, in the brush, and the passenger of the truck started walking toward him.
The patrolman in a court filing said that the passenger appeared “extremely intoxicated” and was “adamant that he was not the one who had been driving” the truck at the time it went off the road. The patrolman then approached the driver’s side of the truck and asked the driver to identify himself.
The driver allegedly told the patrolman his name was Jason Amos, that he had a valid Illinois driver’s license – although, he said, he did not have it at the time – and allegedly gave a false date of birth, as well. The passenger also told the patrolman the driver’s name was Jason Amos and claimed Amos was his nephew.
The patrolman asked the Price Dispatch Center to run the information the driver provided, but they got no valid returns from Illinois, Utah or any surrounding states. According to the court filing, the driver “then created a fake Facebook page with this false name, which was quickly recognized as having just been made a few minutes prior.”
“When I confronted him about this fake profile and name, [the driver] finally admitted his proper name,” the patrolman said in the court filing. The patrolman arrested both men and, during an inventory of the car, allegedly found three used needles that the driver allegedly claimed to be his, adding that he had recently used heroin.
The passenger faces one misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice. The driver faces three charges: one for obstruction, one for possession of drug paraphernalia and one for giving false personal information to a peace officer, all misdemeanors.