Two men from Columbus recently were arrested by the Worthington Division of Police after one attempted to identify himself as the other, who was wanted on warrants.
One of the men, a 21-year-old Columbus resident, was arrested for falsification after he failed to provide accurate identification information to an officer during a traffic stop at 4:25 p.m. Nov. 10 at Worthington-Galena and Huntley roads, according to the police report.
The officer discovered the driver had marijuana in the car after he detected a strong odor from it and the man admitted to having it, the report said.
The man gave the officer an Ohio driver's license, and the officer determined a man with that name was wanted on warrants from the Columbus Division of Police, the report said. Lt. Michael Holton said the warrants were for two traffic violations, but he could not give any details.
However, the officer became suspicious after the man verbally gave a different date of birth than what was printed on the license.
After being questioned, the man provided another name and age, but the birthdate and age he gave again did not match, report said.
The man then told the officer he had given a false name and revealed his real name and birthdate. He said the driver's license belonged to his brother, the report said.
The man said he lied because he was afraid of being deported, according to the report.
At that point, the man was arrested for falsification and failure to disclose personal information to a police officer. He was taken to the Franklin County jail as "John Doe" until his identity could be confirmed.
A few days later, the owner of the driver's license, a 27-year-old Columbus resident, went to the police station at 6555 Worthington-Galena Road to pick up the ID.
The man said he was a friend of the 21-year-old man and "they were like family." He also provided his friend's passport to police.
Because he was wanted on a warrant by Columbus police, he also was placed under arrest and transported to the Franklin County jail.
The report did not list the date of the 27-year-old man's arrest; it was filed as an addition to the original report.
The date was not immediately available from police.
In other recent Worthington police incident reports:
* A Marysville resident told police one of his car windows had been broken and items had been taken at 3 p.m. on Nov. 10 on the 6000 block of Bellbrook Place. The items stolen were valued at $200, and they included a driver's license and keys to a motorcycle.
* A resident told police her Social Security number had been stolen and used to open a credit-card account Nov. 6. She said the card was canceled and her bank is conducting a fraud investigation.