Driver With Suspended License, Arrest Warrants Tries Impersonating Daughter During Utah Traffic Stop: Officials

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Heather Garcia is seen in a booking photo obtained by KTLA sister station KSTU.

Heather Garcia is seen in a booking photo obtained by KTLA sister station KSTU.

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A woman was arrested after she pretended to be her daughter during a traffic stop in Davis County, Utah, that resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine found in the vehicle, authorities said.

Deputies pulled over 38-year-old Heather Elaine Garcia on Saturday after a deputy spotted her driving a vehicle without a license plate, according to a statement of probable cause obtained by KTLA sister station KSTU in Salt Lake City.

Garcia allegedly gave the officer her daughter’s name and date of birth while claiming she didn’t have any identification. A second deputy with a K-9 arrived, and, after the dog “alerted on the vehicle,” deputies conducted a search, the document states.

That search uncovered what appeared to be a broken pipe and several small baggies with a powder inside that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the document.

Deputies also located Garcia’s identification in her purse, and the deputy stated that while she did look very similar to her daughter, they were able to positively identify the woman as Heather Garcia.

A records check found the woman had multiple active arrest warrants and a suspended driver’s license.

Garcia was booked into jail. She faces possible charges, including giving false personal information, driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, and charges related to drug and drug paraphernalia possession.

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