A New City man whose driver's license was revoked for two previous DWI convictions was arrested after he was stopped for a traffic violation and repeatedly lied about his identity, according to the Rockland County Sheriff's Department.
Antoine P. Tapia, 27, of New City, was also found to be driving a car that did not have an anti-DWI ignition locking device, although police said a restriction placed against him mandates he can only be behind the wheel of a car if it has such a device.
Tapia was stopped for a traffic violation at 3:18 a.m. on Lawrence Street in Nanuet. Police said that when questioned, Tapia repeatedly misidentified himself to a Sheriff's officer.
But police said they were able to discover Tapai's true idenity and found that the state Department of Motor Vehicles had suspended his license and that his license had been revoked for two previous driving while intoxicated convictions and again for refusing to submit to a chemical breath test for alcohol. Police said an order had also been placed against him requiring the use of ignition interlock devices.
Tapia was charged with four misdemeanors:
- second-degree criminal impersonation
- false personation
- second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
- third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
- operating a motor vehicle without an ignition iternlock device.
He was later released pending a Sept. 24 hearing in Clarkstown Town Court in New City.