Woman tries to evade warrants by posing as her 21-year-old daughter

You’re only young once.

A Utah woman learned that lesson when she was arrested after police caught her impersonating someone nearly two decades younger than herself.

Heather Garcia was arrested on Saturday and charged with drug possession and driving without a license, among other charges, according to the Davis County Sheriff’s Office. But the 38-year-old was also caught trying to pass herself off as her 21-year-old daughter, Mercedes, KUTV reported.

(Image: Davis County Sheriff’s Office)

An officer pulled Garcia over on Main Street in Farmington, just north of Salt Lake City, after noticing that the silver BMW she was driving did not have a license plate. Garcia reportedly told the officer her name was Mercedes and that she was born in 1998.

It is not clear if the officer doubted Garcia’s questionable impersonation before discovering, after a records check, that she was definitely not who she was claiming to be. But the woman apparently gave the officer false information in order to avoid new criminal charges  during the traffic stop.

Not only was there a white powdery substance in her car, but Davis County Police also found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Police also found another twist in Garcia’s tale.

The check of her records turned up active warrants for her arrest on charges of possession or use of a controlled substance, marijuana possession and driving on a denied license, according to records.

She was promptly arrested and is currently in Davis County Jail where she faces multiple charges including driving with a suspended or revoked license, providing false personal information to an officer and possession of a controlled substance.

“It is illegal to mislead a peace officer as to your identity by knowingly giving the peace office a false name, birth date, or address,” according to a Utah-based law firm.”If you mislead a law enforcement officer in this manner you can be charged with a class C misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a class C misdemeanor the consequences can include a fine of up to $750 and up to 90 days in jail.”

“Second, it is illegal to mislead a peace officer as to your identity by telling them that you are another actual person,” the law firm explained. “This crime consists of giving the peace officer someone else’s real name, birth date, or address. Utah considers this a more serious crime, so this type of false information to a peace officer can result in a class A misdemeanor. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail.”

It was not clear if Garcia’s daughter had any idea her mother was impersonating her.

In a similar situation earlier this year, a North Carolina woman posed as her daughter in an appearance at a county courthouse, attempting to avoid past warrants, according to KTRK-TV.

But 44-year-old Uganda Spencer’s ruse was not successful as a check revealed she had three outstanding warrants and a criminal summons in her own name.

(Image: Chatham County Sheriff’s Office via WLOS)

At least it appeared Spencer did not attempt to carry out the impersonation with an unconvincing makeup job.

Twitter users shared their reactions to Garcia’s failed impersonation attempt.

Frieda Powers

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