Utah Mom Tried To Impersonate Daughter To Evade Arrest, Police Say

Heather Garcia allegedly told cops she was born in 1998; her mug shot is going viral.

September 03, 2019

Photo by: Mug shot of Heather Garcia [Davis County Jail]

Mug shot of Heather Garcia [Davis County Jail]

By: Mike McPadden

A 38-year-old Utah woman who was pulled over for allegedly driving without a license plate tried to pass herself off as her 21-year-old daughter to avoid arrest, according to police.

Heather Garcia, 38, was reportedly stopped on Main Street in Farmington on Saturday night after an officer allegedly noticed her silver BMW did not have a license plate.

Davis County Police claim a search of the vehicle turned up drug paraphernalia and a "white powdery substance."

When officers asked Garcia for identification, she allegedly told them her name was Mercedes and said she was born in 1998. A check of police records reportedly revealed Mercedes is the name of Garcia's 21-year-old daughter.

Authorities claim that once they got a positive ID on Garcia, they discovered she had outstanding warrants on numerous charges. The warrants allegedly included charges for possession or use of a controlled substance, marijuana possession of more than 16 ounces, and driving on a denied license.

According to inmate records, Garcia was arrested Saturday on charges of drug possession, driving with a revoked license, and offering false personal information to a police officer. She is now reportedly held at Davis County Jail under both the previous warrants and her new charges.

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