Ellsworth woman gets 25 days in jail for faking identity during traffic stop

Posted Jan. 27, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2014, at 8:11 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local woman is serving 25 days in jail after she passed herself off as a relative to police during a traffic stop.

Brittany M. Carter, 26, was charged last year with aggravated forgery when Ellsworth police pulled her over for driving a car with an expired inspection sticker.

On Dec. 16, Carter pleaded guilty to the aggravated forgery charge and to a charge of operating a motor vehicle after suspension. She began serving a 25-day sentence at Hancock County for the convictions on Jan. 22.

According to Ellsworth police, Brittany M. Carter was stopped by Officer Gil Jameson on Jan. 4, 2013. Carter claimed she didn’t have any identification card and pretended to be someone else by giving Jameson the name, birthday and Social Security number of a family member, Detective Dotty Small has said.

When Carter failed to appear in court on the expired inspection charge, a notice was sent to the family member whose identity was allegedly used. That’s when police found out that Carter had misled them, Small has said.

Carter also was ordered to pay a $500 fine for the offenses, according to documents on file in Hancock County Superior Court. Aside from that fine, she has about $4,500 outstanding in other fines from prior offenses that she has yet to pay, court documents indicate.

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