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Woman charged with giving false indentification

Published November 02. 2011 05:02PM

Crystal Heffelfinger, 31, of 201 E. Kline Ave. Apt. #2, Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Heffelfinger is charged with false identification to law enforcement, driving with no insurance, driving under suspension, driving without a license, unlawful activities relating to exhaust systems, exhaust systems and noise control, and violations concerning licenses.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Officer Jason A. Helmer was on patrol on West Bertsch Street when he saw a green Jeep Grand Cherokee operating with a broken front windshield, which obstructed the driver's clear view. The Jeep also had a faulty exhaust system in which the muffler was separated from the catalytic converter.

A check of the displayed registration indicated it was registered to two different vehicles, and information needed to be confirmed via a title or VIN.

Helmer pulled the Jeep over in the 300 block of West Bertsch Street. The driver identified herself as Heather Heffelfinger and gave Helmer a birth date of Aug. 18, 1980, an address of 201 E. Kline Ave., Apt. 1 and a license number.

All of the information matched that provided, and Helmer gave her a warning notice to make repairs within five days and to provide proof of financial responsibility.

Arriving back at the police station, Helmer ran the information through JNET to get a photo identification of Heffelfinger. The resulting photograph was not of the woman who was driving the Jeep.

Helmer went to the address the woman had given him, and spoke with Heather Heffelfinger, who identified the driver as her wife, Crystal Heffelfinger, who did not have a license.

Contact was made with Crystal Heffelfinger, who admitted to giving police another name because she did not have a driver's license.

Crystal Heffelfinger was taken back to the station, where she was given her Miranda warnings, and gave a written statement. Contact was also made to Safe Auto Insurance, which reported that Heather Heffelfinger's policy had been canceled for non-payment.

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