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Motorist's Lie Costs Him

When Daniel Montez was pulled over by Westport police early Friday morning, he made the mistake of giving officers a fake name -- one that matched the name on an active arrest warrant.

The 30-year-old Bridgeport man was stopped by police on the Sherwood Island Connector for a broken headlight. Not having any identification on him, he allegedly gave officers the name of a friend. A computer check turned up several arrest warrants for the friend.

Montez was arrested, but later admitted giving a false name. He told police he gave his friend's name because his own license was suspended. Montez was charged with operating a motor vehicle under suspension, improper use of headlights and criminal impersonation. He is due in court Oct. 25.

Also from the police blotter:

Tito Ruiz of Stratford, who was wanted on a warrant for allegedly stealing an all terrain vehicle, turned himself in to Westport police Sunday night. Hours later, Jose Vargas of Bridgeport turned himself in to Bridgeport police on a warrant for the same incident. He was subsequently picked up by Westport police.

In August an officer saw Ruiz, 22, and Vargas, 32, trying to start an ATV on Crescent Road, according to police reports. Because neither could provide proof of ownership, the ATV was towed to the police headquarters. Ruiz and Vargas were told they could pick it up when they provided paperwork showing ownership. A report was later taken from an area resident, however, who said the ATV was his and that it was stolen.

Vargas and Ruiz were charged with third-degree larceny and second-degree criminal trespass. They are due in court Oct. 27.

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