Fake license plate leads to other charges

A Monroe man was arrested by Ruston Police Thursday after he was seen driving a vehicle with a fictitious license plate.

At about 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning, Sergeant K.D. Loyd saw the vehicle on West California Ave with what appeared to be a fictitious temporary license plate. Lloyd stopped the vehicle and the driver identified himself as Lamont Wimberly. Wimberly said he was unable to locate his insurance and did not have a driver’s license with him.

When another officer arrived, Wimberley said his first name was Laquan but then corrected himself and quickly said his name was Lamont.

A records check revealed a warrant for Laquan Wimberley’s arrest from Ruston City Court for failure to appear on a driving under suspension charge. A second warrant from Third District Court was found for Wimberley’s arrest for failure to appear on a domestic abuse battery charge.

Wimberly admitted his name was Laquan and that he had had the vehicle over a year without registration or insurance. His driver’s license is currently under suspension.

Wimberly said he pays the person he purchased the vehicle from for a new temporary tag rather than registering the vehicle. He was booked for fictitious license plate, no liability insurance, driving under suspension, resisting an officer by providing false information, and the two warrants. 

Bail was set at $156,000.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 


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