Man who impersonated brother pleads innocent

Staff report


Darrell E. Peterman, 25, appeared in Warren Municipal Court on Tuesday on a felony and five misdemeanors related to a 2012 traffic stop in which he pretended to be his younger brother, Dale Peterman, 22.

Darrell Peterman, of Brookline Avenue, Youngstown, pleaded innocent to the mis- demeanors and was released after posting a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, meaning he didn’t have to pay anything. An innocent plea was entered for him on the felony charge.

The matter garnered attention after Dale Peterman, a Youngstown State University football player, was arrested on a warrant related to the case.

He was suspended from the football team while that matter and a traffic case of his own in Girard Municipal Court got resolved.

Lt. Brian Holt, commander of the Southington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said Tuesday the man he cited May 12, 2012, on East Market Street in Warren on charges of driving under suspension, speeding, a seat-belt violation and marijuana possession didn’t provide identification at the scene.

Lt. Holt pulled up the man’s Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles photo on his computer screen and concluded that he was Dale Peterman because he looked like Dale Peterman.

He only realized in August, when Darrell Peterman and Dale Peterman sat together in Warren Municipal Court, that the man he cited in May 2012 and who showed up for an arraignment hearing a few days later was Darrell Peterman.

That’s when charges were dropped against Dale Peterman, Holt said.

Darrell Peterman’s felony-forgery charge relates to Darrell Peterman’s signing his traffic citation as Dale Peterman, Lt. Holt said.

A misdemeanor falsification charge resulted from his pretending to be his brother during the traffic stop.