Traffic stop leads Westerly police to cache of fake IDs

Traffic stop leads Westerly police to cache of fake IDs

WESTERLY — A Windsor, Conn., man was charged with identity fraud, a felony in Rhode Island, after he was discovered during a traffic stop to be in possession of numerous Connecticut ID cards. 

The man, Nathaniel Walker Jr., 40, and his son Nathaniel Walker III, 21, both of Windsor, were stopped along Westerly Bradford Road on Saturday afternoon after they went off Route 78 when an officer tried to stop them for a traffic violation.

The younger Walker was cited for cited for driving with suspended registration. Police said that both men were acting suspicious and avoiding eye contact. They admitted smoking marijuana in the car, the police said, giving them probable cause for a K-9 search.

Westerly Police Capt. Shawn Lacey said Connecticut ID cards were on the floor of the front passenger side. Many of the cards were listed to Walker Jr., but at least one had a number cut from a separate license that had been manually attached, while two others contained invalid license information, the police said. 

The search led to the seizure of “multiple” Connecticut IDs belonging to Walker Jr.; a Connecticut ID belonging to a man that Walker identified as his cousin, and an invalid Georgia license that was also in Walker’s name. Other evidence was also seized, but further information was not available because charges have not been filed, the police said.

Lacey said the case remains under investigation. Both men were later released and were to appear later this month in Fourth Division District court later this month.


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