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Stafford Alert

False ID Lands Driver in Jail
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By Major Shawn Kimmitz
September 23, 2020

A driver who tried to provide false identification during a traffic stop in Stafford County yesterday ended up with numerous charges and jail without bond.

On September 22nd at approximately 10:07 p.m., Deputy B.E. Vaughn observed a Dodge pickup turn from Staffordboro Boulevard onto Foxwood Drive and strike the stop sign. Deputy Vaughn made contact with the driver and asked for identification. The driver explained he did not have his license, but provided a name and date of birth.

Deputy Vaughn conducted a DMV check on the information provided and discovered the description of 6’3” tall did not match the driver’s 5’11” stature. The DMV photo was also distinctly different from the driver’s appearance. The driver continued to try and explain the reasons for the differences in his appearance and the data provided by DMV.

A search of the vehicle revealed a suspected controlled substance and a smoking device containing suspected controlled substance residue. The driver was then placed in handcuffs and finally admitted he had lied about his identity due to outstanding warrants in another state.

The driver was ultimately identified as Donald McPherron, 44, of Stafford. McPherron was charged with the traffic lane violation, possession of a controlled substance, identity theft, false identification to law enforcement, obstruction of justice, driving suspended and unlawful name change. McPherron did have an active warrant in Ohio for failing to appear and obstruction. Authorities in Ohio were notified. He was held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on the Stafford charges and as a fugitive from justice.

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