A man pulled over for a minor traffic infringement in Kaohsiung City was arrested yesterday, after he gave police his brother’s ID number, unaware that prosecutors had issued a warrant for his brother’s arrest.
According to reports, Mr Chen, 49, was pulled over by police, Sunday, November 29, after they spotted him using a mobile phone while waiting for a red light on a scooter in Xinxing District. Chen was not carrying ID, and when asked for his ID number, provided the officers with his brother’s number.
However, Chen had not seen his brother for many years, and did not know that his brother was wanted on charges of forgery and fraud. The police mobile computer brought up the information, including a photograph of Chen’s brother, immediately revealing his ruse.
Chen tried to explain the incident away by claiming that he mistakenly believed police wanted the ID number of the scooter owner. However, the police officers were suspicious of Chen’s evasive behavior and decided to conduct a search. A small quantity of drugs were found in one of Chen’s pockets, and he was arrested and handed over to the District Prosecutor to face charges for drug offenses.
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