Man lies about identity

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Jaime Agustin Espinoza faces 11 charges after a traffic stop Jan. 2.

Espinoza is charged with aggravated first offense DWI, failure to have working tail lamps, failure to stop or yield at an intersection and resisting an officer, all misdemeanor charges, as well as four counts of fourth-degree felony forgery, two counts fourth-degree felony drug possession and a petty misdemeanor for concealing identity, according to the criminal complaint filed in Socorro County Magistrate Court.

Espinoza’s preliminary hearing is Feb. 6 in Magistrate Court.

The criminal complaint states a Socorro Police Department officer on patrol saw a white pickup with no tail lights driving west on Manzanares Avenue about 11:25 p.m. Jan. 2. The pickup also failed to stop completely at the intersection of Fisher Avenue and Grant Street.

The officer activated lights and sirens, but the pickup kept going west on Blue Canyon. Once the pickup arrived at a residence on Peralta Drive, it stopped and the officer told the driver to get out of the truck.

The driver exited the pickup and walked back to the officer, and a second officer arrested the driver. The first officer went to the passenger side of the pickup and had the passenger, an underage boy, exit. The officer placed the boy in the back seat of the police car and, after contacting the boy’s mother, asked her to follow them to the police department so police could speak to the boy.

The other officer found a clear bag with alleged marijuana inside, as well as $103 in cash, in the driver’s pocket, according to the criminal complaint. A third officer conducting a tow inventory of the pickup found a clear bag under the seat containing what looked like crack cocaine, as well as a black wallet containing $275 in cash.

The registered owner of the pickup, also the boy’s mother, signed a consent to search the vehicle. Once the search was finished, the pickup was released to her.

The driver, who said his name was Francisco Garcia but had no identification on him, was taken to the police department where he performed poorly on sobriety tests. He also refused to take a breath test.

An SPD detective discovered the driver’s real name the next day by sending the man’s fingerprint cards to U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs Enforcement.

The criminal complaint states police had the man sign two fingerprint cards, his DWI notice of revocation and a Socorro County Detention Center booking sheet, which the man signed as Francisco G. The four forgery charges stem from the signatures on those documents.