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Lake County Man Presents False Identification to Deputy After Traffic Stop, Says MCSO


The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Alan Crow [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

On 11-14-2021 at 10:43 P.M. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were on routine patrol in the area of northbound Highway 101 at River Street in Ukiah, California.

Deputies observed a Buick sedan with expired registration.  The Deputies effected a traffic stop on the Buick and contacted the two occupants. The passenger identified himself as Dwane Crow from Washington State.  Crow advised the vehicle belonged to him; however Crow had been drinking, so he let his friend drive. 

As the Deputies were talking to the driver and Crow, they observed suspected methamphetamine and a methamphetamine smoking pipe inside the vehicle.  Crow was detained and both subjects were searched. 

The methamphetamine pipe and a personal use amount of methamphetamine was found inside the vehicle.

During their investigation, the Deputies developed probable cause to believe Crow provided them with the name of another person.  The Deputies located a prior booking photograph of Crow; which identified him as Alan Crow and learned he had a felony warrant out of Lake County (California). 

The Deputies believed Crow provided the name of another person in order to evade arrest for the Lake County Warrant.

Crow was arrested for 529(a) PC (Felony False Impersonation of Another), 11377(a) HS (Misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance), 11377 HS (Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia) and the felony warrant from Lake County. 

Crow was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked on the above listed charges to be held in lieu of $30,000.00 bail.



  1. Had they hid the methamphetamine, Alan could have invoked his 4th Amendment right. California is not a stop and ID state, which means a law enforcement officer cannot demand ID unless they can articulate a crime, and place the subject under arrest.


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