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Ukiah Woman Allegedly Provides Two False Names During Arrest

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:


Andrea Gonzalez [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On 08-02-2022 at 8:23 P.M., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were on routine patrol when they conducted a traffic stop in the 4400 block of Sunnycrest Drive in Ukiah, California.

The Deputies contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.  The driver provided the Deputies with her name and date of birth, but had no legal identification with her. A records check indicated the driver was clear all systems; however the Deputies suspected the driver was providing a false name. 

They requested the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center provide them with a driver’s license photograph for the name provided for comparison. The Deputies received the photograph and observed it did not match the driver. 

The Deputies confronted the driver about providing a false name. The driver admitted she provided the name of her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. She then provided a different name and date of birth and claimed it was her real name.  The Deputies utilized their Mobil Data Terminal (MDT) and searched the name in the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office system and found inconsistencies with the name she provided.  Again, Sheriff’s Office Dispatch provided a driver license photo and again the photo did not match the driver.  

The Deputies developed probable cause to believe the driver provided them with another false name. 

They arrested the driver and located a personal use amount of methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe in her possession.

The Deputies continued their investigation and they learned the second name the driver provided was the name of a real person. 

The Deputies were ultimately able to identify the driver as Andrea Gonzales and a records check revealed she was wanted on an out of county felony warrant and five Mendocino County misdemeanor warrants.

Gonzalez was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on 592(a) PC (Felony False Impersonation Of Another), 11377 HS (Misdemeanor Possession Controlled Substance), 11364 HS (Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia), the out of county felony arrest warrant and Mendocino County Misdemeanor Warrants.  Gonzalez was to be held on a No Bail status.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Great job getting to the truth! Mendocino Sheriff’s department gets a win. Keep it up and clean the county of meth and fentanyl. This is the way.

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