Lenquez Dante Cook, 23, of Allison Mill Road, was initially pulled over by a Talladega Police patrol Feb. 10 for driving at night without headlights and having an open container of alcohol. According to Chief Jason Busby, he gave the officer the name and date of birth for his cousin, who was then issued two traffic citations.
Busby said Cook knew there were warrants for his arrest at the time he was pulled over.
In the meantime, the cousin whose information Cook had given, somehow found out that citations had been written to him when he had not been pulled over. When Cook was pulled over again on the early morning of Feb. 11, he continued to insist that he was his cousin.
This time, officers found marijuana and pills in the car.
A warrant for Cook’s arrest was issued Thursday morning, and he was formally charged with false information, possession of marijuana in the second degree, possession of prescription medication without a prescription and six counts of failure to appear or pay through Talladega Municipal Court.
Obstructing justice by providing false information is a Class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison. Possession of marijuana in the second degree and possession of prescription medication without a prescription are misdemeanors.