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Cops: Bridgeport woman used another’s ID in motor vehicle stop

August 21, 2018

WESTPORT - A 40-year-old Bridgeport woman has been arrested for criminal impersonation and other charges after being stopped near the Gillespie Center on Jesup Road around midnight last February.

The vehicle was stopped that cold February night because it did not have an illuminated rear marker plate and was found to have an expired registration.

“The operator was also unable to provide proof of valid insurance.,” Westport police said in a release. “The operator advised the officer she worked at the Gillespie Center and identified herself as the victim. She was issued a misdemeanor summons for those charges in that name.”

The victim, whose identity was used, was later made aware of the stop and summons and contacted the Westport Police Department in June.

“The victim claimed she was not in Westport on the night of the incident and advised that Tonya Brown had used her personal information at the time of her arrest in Westport,” police said.

“Investigators learned Tonya Brown was employed by the Gillespie Center on the date of the incident and was due to work at midnight. Brown was reportedly late to work that evening and the stop was witnessed by a third party inside the building.

“Investigators also learned the vehicle used in February belonged to a friend of Brown and at the time of the motor vehicle stop, Brown’s driver’s license was suspended.”

Police then applied for a warrant for Brown’s arrest.

On Friday, Brown turned herself into Westport police and was charged criminal impersonation, interfering with an officer, illegal operation of motor vehicle under suspension, insurance coverage fails minimum requirements, operation of an unregistered motor vehicle and improper rear marker lamps.

Brown was released after posting a $2,500 bond and will appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Aug. 30.

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