Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fake Name Fails To Foil Felon's Arrest

A Cookeville man who caught the attention of a city police officer when he drove by the officer's patrol car without headlights is now facing criminal charges. Officer Marc DeClaire says he was parked at the Knight's Inn motel early Thursday morning when observed a green Ford Tempo drive behind him without its headlights on. He initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and says the driver identified himself as "Marquis Apple." But DeClaire says when he ran a records check on "Apple," the description that was returned did not match that of the driver. According to the Nationa Crime Information Computer, Apple's was six feet tall and weighed 158 pounds. The driver, DeClaire says, was much taller and heavier. A search of the driver also turned up a handgun that he was carrying in the waistband of his pants. Further investigation led police to confirm that the driver was actually 37-year-old Rodney Cornelius Stevenson of Fisk Road. Stevenson told police he had lied about his identity to conceal his driving record. But police say he had no carry permit for the gun and records check on Stevenson revealed that he had been convicted of a felony in Minnesota and, therefore, was a felon illegally in possession of that firearm.