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Santa Rosa Man Allegedly Identifies Himself as His Brother During Impaired Driving Traffic Stop

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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:

Elezar Cavero-Martinez [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On 03-14-2022 at 12:12 A.M., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were on routine patrol when they observed a vehicle traveling southbound in the 1300 block of North State Street in Ukiah, California.

The Deputies observed a lighting violation and as they followed the vehicle as it displayed erratic driving maneuvers.  The Deputies initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.  The driver was later identified as Elezar Cavero-Martinez. 

As the Deputies were talking to Cavero-Martinez, they observed a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his person.

Cavero-Martinez provided his brother’s name and date of birth. The Deputies observed empty alcohol containers on the floorboard of the vehicle; which prompted them to initiate a DUI investigation.

The Deputies administered field sobriety tests with Cavero-Martinez and the results provided probable cause to believe he was impaired while driving.  The Deputies arrested Cavero-Martinez and transported him to the Mendocino County Jail.  While at the jail, Corrections Deputies recognized Cavero-Martinez and identified him by his correct name and date of birth.

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The Deputies performed a records check on Cavero-Martinez and developed probable cause to believe he falsely provided the name of a real person to avoid prosecution.

Cavero-Martinez’ driver’s license was suspended for DUI, he was on pre-trial release for DUI and he had two outstanding arrest warrants out of Mendocino County. 

Cavero-Martinez was booked for 529(a) PC (Felony False Impersonation of Another), 23152(b) VC (Misdemeanor Driving Under Influence Of Alcohol Above 0.08 BAC), 23152(a) VC (Misdemeanor Drive Under Influence of Alcohol), 14601.2 VC (Misdemeanor Drive Suspended License), 166.4(a)(4) PC (Misdemeanor Disobey Court Order) and the two Mendocino County arrest warrants.

Cavero-Martinez was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.

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