Friday, September 19, 2014

False identity points to brother

By The Herald Staff | 11/22/2013

A 23-year-old Ottawa man, who was wanted on a City of Ottawa warrant for failure to appear in court, gave Ottawa police officers his 18-year-old brother’s name when he was pulled over for a traffic stop about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of South Poplar Street in Ottawa, Ottawa police said.

C.J. Whitacre was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence (with refusal of a preliminary breath test), transporting an open container, driving without a license and making a false report in connection with the Tuesday night incident, as well as on the City of Ottawa warrant, according to a Franklin County Jail booking report.

A 23-year-old Ottawa man, who was wanted on a City of Ottawa warrant for failure to appear in court, gave Ottawa police officers his 18-year-old brother’s name when he was pulled over for a traffic stop about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of South Poplar Street in Ottawa, Ottawa police said.

C.J. Whitacre was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence (with refusal of a preliminary breath test), transporting an open container, driving without a license and making a false report in connection with the Tuesday night incident, as well as on the City of Ottawa warrant, according to a Franklin County Jail booking report.

Whitacre’s brother, Kenneth Whitacre, 18, an Ottawa High School senior wrestler, was identified in Wednesday’s police report as having been arrested in connection with the Tuesday night traffic stop — which was published in The Herald‘s Thursday edition — before authorities realized they had been given a false identity, Capt. Adam Wiengartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said.

The police department has apprised high school officials of the situation, Weingartner said, to prevent Kenneth Whitacre from facing possible disciplinary action at the school.

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