Police sniff out fake ID on Mechanicsburg man


Bellefontaine Police initiated a traffic stop Wednesday morning when a car ran a red light at the intersection of Main Street and Columbus Avenue.

The vehicle pulled over in the Walgreens parking lot.

The driver told police he had a yellow light and handed him an Oregon driver’s license with the name Jeffrey Scott.

The officer noticed the photo on the license and physical identifiers did not match the driver.

The driver insisted he was Jeffrey Scott and couldn’t provide his social security number because he did not know it since he suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in the military.

The information on the driver’s license revealed that Jeffrey Scott was not a military veteran.

Additional officers were called to the scene, including the K-9 unit.

The driver admitted to lying and producing a fraudulent driver’s license.  He then told police he was David Durand from Mechanicsburg.  Durand said he lied because he believed he was wanted in Illinois.

Police confirmed his identity and discovered he was driving without a license and he was not wanted in Illinois.

Durand also admitted to having multiple joints and marijuana paraphernalia in the car.

A probable cause search found 4 marijuana joints, two baggies of marijuana, three packages of marijuana from a dispensary, two containers of suspected THC wax, and marijuana paraphernalia.

David Durand was arrested and lodged in the Logan County Jail on charges of identity fraud, furnishing false information during a traffic offense, marijuana drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs (marijuana), no operator’s license, failure to reinstate, and red light violation.