Man detained for giving cops false ID

Staff report


Two men carrying more than $12,000 were stopped for speeding Friday afternoon, and one of them was detained in the Trumbull County jail over the weekend for failing to tell police his true identity.

The driver, Derrick Peete, 22, of Webb Street Southwest, was cited for traffic violations about 4 p.m. after police said he failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign and then drove around 70 miles per hour on Hazelwood Avenue Southeast.

He also was driving on a suspended license, police said.

The passenger of the car, eventually identified as James Cohen, 23, of Bowling Green, Ohio, was charged in Warren Municipal Court with misdemeanor falsification and a seat-belt violation. He entered an innocent plea Monday and was released after posting a $2,500 bond.

When police asked Cohen for his name and Social Security number Friday, he told them he was Lamar Brown and that he didn’t know his Social Security number.

Police counted the money the men were carrying, issued them a receipt for it and confiscated it.

Peete was indicted last month by a Trumbull County grand jury on a a heroin-possession charge. He also was sentenced to one year in prison in May 2010 on drug-trafficking and drug-possession charges.

Both men have connections to Detroit, with Cohen having been born there and Peete giving a Detroit address to court officials at various times in recent years.

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