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Man afraid of having warrants gives police fake name, gets arrested, has no warrants

April 10th, 2014 12:40 pm by Nick Shepherd

Man afraid of having warrants gives police fake name, gets arrested, has no warrants

Bernard Leonard

A man accused of giving Kingsport police a false name because he was afraid he had active warrants actually had no warrants but was arrested for criminal impersonation, according to a police report.

Bernard L. Leonard, 23, 804 South Johnson Drpe, Pennington Gap, Va, was arrested and charged with Criminal impersonation and possession of drug equipment.

The incident began on Wednesday when a Kingsport officer pulled over a pick-up truck on West Center Street for speeding. Inside the vehicle were three males. The officer asked all three if they were on parole, probation or had any criminal history.

One of the passengers, Leonard, who identified himself as Bernard Webb, said he had a criminal history. When the officer asked for identificitation, Leonard stated his ID had been stolen. He then gave the officer a false birthday and social security number and told the officer his ID was through Virginia.

When the officer ran a check through Virginia, there was no record found for a Bernard Webb. When he asked Leonard about the social security number, he began to give the officer a different number. The officer stopped him and told him to be honest, the report stated.

At that time, Leonard gave the officer his real name and told him he lied because he was scared a warrant for his arrest may be active for violation of probation. Leonard was then taken into custody, where a metal pipe that allegedly smelled like burned marijuana was found in his pants pocket.

The officer confirmed the Leonard's identity through the Tennessee DMV. A warrant check revealed Leonard had no warrants, according to the police report.

He was arrested and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. 

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