A Case of Misleading Identity: Man tells police he is his Marine brother

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A Bartlesville man who might have thought he had 'pulled one over' on an patrol officer who stopped him on a traffic violation in May has found out otherwise.

According to police, Joshua Daniel Mayor, 23, found without identification or insurance, allegedly told the officer he was his brother — a Marine long stationed in California.

According to police, on May 17 a patrol officer in the area of Frank Phillips and Washington Boulevard stopped Mayor who was driving a black Mazda sedan with an expired tag.

When Mayor was not able to provide the officer with a driver's license or insurance, he reportedly told the officer his name was Jeffery Dean Mayor and gave his birthdate as Sept. 25, 1986. With this information, she issued him two citations.

However, four days after the traffic stop, the officer received a phone call informing her the real Jeffery Mayor is a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps who had been stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California since October last year.

A letter from Jeffery's commanding officer confirmed the information saying the sergeant "has been an exemplary Marine both in his personal conduct and conduct on duty." Furthermore, he said Jefferey was on base all day long May 17, 2012.

A police check on the Mazda showed the vehicle indeed belonged to Joshua Mayor and on Joshua, that his driver's license was suspended on the very day of the traffic stop.

Facing charges of false impersonation, driving under suspension and driving without insurance, Mayor appeared in Washington County District Court Thursday where the judge set his bond to $20,000.

Mayor was ordered back to court on Sept. 7.

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