Driver, passenger give cops false names

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – State Police say both a driver and passenger gave troopers a false name when asked for identification after being stopped for a broken headlight.

Authorities say they pulled over 23-year-old Kiyonta Moffett of Buffalo on Route 63 in Batavia on Thursday for the minor infraction. State Police say Moffett could not produce a license and gave a false name. A records check with the false name showed a valid license, but it was clearly not Moffett.

Eventually, Moffett admitted his identity, and was charged with second degree false personation, aggravated unlicensed operation and a head lamp violation.

Meanwhile, his passenger, 21-year-old Lillie Owens of Erie, PA, was being questioned by troopers. Authorities say Owens also gave a false name and it turned out the person she identified had an outstanding warrant for petit larceny in Cheektowaga.

After questioning her further, troopers learned Owens’ true name and found she has an outstanding warrant in Town of Amherst Court. She was charged with second degree criminal impersonation for lying about her identity.

Moffett was taken to the Genesee County Jail on $750 bail, while Owens was taken there on $250 and will await extradition to Amherst.

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