GENESEO – What could have been a cut-and-dry open container case for a local resident escalated into multiple criminal charges for allegedly lying about his name and running into the bushes to escape police.
According to a press release from Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, Richard Brown, 28, was arrested for Drinking Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, which is a violation, but later with misdemeanor Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree and misdemeanor Resisting Arrest.
“Officers Swanson and Sanders stopped a car on 20A on August 17 where a man, later found out to be Brown, was passenger with an open container of alcohol,” said Osganian. “They issued him a ticket and went on their way. They came to find out later that the name given for that passenger didn’t match up with footage of his face they had from their body cameras and started doing some legwork to find him again.”
Officers located Brown on Aprile Way.
“As officers approached he took off into some thick brush,” said Osganian. “It was a short pursuit.
Geneseo Town Justice Bradley Janson arraigned Brown and ordered him held at the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.
“All you have to do is be honest,” said Osganian. “This could have been a violation-level case where now there are two misdemeanors on top of that.”