Suspect Plays 17 Year DUI Name Game
By: Mary Ann Pekara
It's not unheard of for people to give police incorrect information when they are accused of a crime or being questioned. Sometimes lies aren't detected by police right away and inconsistencies in statements to police are either never discovered or only found out about later in the investigation of a crime.
When a person is driving a car, he is required by law to have a driver's license. However, if a suspect is pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving or another offense, and for whatever reason doesn't have a driver's license, the driver may think he can get away with giving the police officer a false name and address. The startling thing is, sometimes it works.
With heightened security measures in the United States since September 11, 2001, it is essential for everyone to have proper identification. But what happens when someone just refuses to come clean about who he really is?
In Waukegan, Illinois, a man who is now believed to be Miguel Florez-Perez has been arrested for DUI. The most unusual thing about the arrest was that police discovered that this was not his first arrest for DUI, but at least his seventh, and that he seems to have a habit of taking on different identities when he is arrested. During all of his previous arrests, Florez-Perez has given police officers four different names, but never his own real name.
What is most stunning about Florez-Perez is the fact that he has gotten away with using false identities so many times. Police say they are not sure how he has made it through the system multiple times in the past by using false identities. They say that they are now sure that his name actually is Miguel Florez-Perez, but honestly, how can they truly know for sure this time when they have been fooled by this man at least six times before?
As far as the police can tell, Florez-Perez was first arrested for DUI in 1990. At that time he told police that he did not have a driver's license, but that his name was Enriquez Martinez. In 1993 he was arrested for DUI twice more, giving the names Martin Sosa and Feliciano Perez during those bookings. He gave birth dates ranging from 1969 to 1972 during those arrests. Then in 2000 he was arrested and charged with DUI two times during February and during those arrests he used the name Subula C. Perez.
Although Florez-Perez was arrested many times for DUI, he was never convicted of DUI. The primary reason he was never convicted was that he never once showed up for court. Of course his driving privileges were suspended in each instance, but since Florez-Perez never had a driver's license in the first place, that didn't really matter. He clearly has demonstrated that no driver's license is necessary for him to get out on the road after drinking.
When police in Waukegan recently pulled Florez-Perez over again for suspicion of drunk driving, he used the name Martin Sosa again. When he was booked, the officers became suspicious of him and finally ran his fingerprints through a national database. That's when Florez-Perez was exposed.
He is now in jail in lieu of $150,000 bond. He is currently facing charges of felony aggravated DUI , DUI over .08 percent BAC, obstruction of justice, driving with an open container of alcohol, felony driving with a revoked license and driving without a rear registration light. If he is convicted, he certainly won't be driving for quite some time. He could be sentenced to up to 20 years behind bars.