Some California Motorist Tried To Pass Off This Obviously Fake License Plate As Real—And Failed Big Time
For as long as law enforcement has been around, criminals have tried to find ways to outsmart them.
But one motorist in Southern California missed the mark big time with his laughably fake license plate.
Moorpark Police Senior Deputy David Anaya, a motorcycle officer, was helping out another motorist last month when he noticed a strange license plate on a big rig truck "with a host of mechanical violations" and pulled the driver over.
Sure enough, the license plate that was made to resemble a 1960s-era vintage plate with yellow writing on a black background was indeed a fake.
And not even a very convincing one at that:
"CALIFAS"Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Not only did the wobbly letters and numbers look very hand-painted, the creator of the license plate couldn't even bother to spell "California" correctly above the identification number, opting instead for "Califas," a Spanish slang term for "California."
It turns out the motorist, 41-year-old Jorge Salazar, already had a warrant out for his arrest following a hit and run.
According to Anaya, Salazar also appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, with a small amount of methamphetamine clearly visible inside the vehicle, and was an unlicensed driver.
After his arrest, the truck was towed away after being deemed unsafe to drive.
Anaya said it isn't uncommon for motorists to have fake documents, telling CNN:
"Some of them are pretty good and some of them are pretty obvious that they are fraudulent."
Once the story went viral, the internet definitely agreed:
@CNN Close but no cigar— Allastair (@Allastair)1560382035.0
@CNN https://t.co/AF0NPVt3DN— Alex Austin (@Alex Austin)1560381756.0
@CNN so close! I bet the next one they make will look realistic!— Thom Fuhrmann (@Thom Fuhrmann)1560382484.0
@CNN 🤦♂️ https://t.co/82qkyGg1Cs— MaverickCtzn (@MaverickCtzn)1560381832.0
@CNN Looks like a birthday cake lol— Hat San (@Hat San)1560382176.0
One would think that, with so many violations the man could be arrested for, maybe he'd try a little harder.
@AP_Oddities 'A' for effort... 'D' for execution.— The Mind Unguent (@The Mind Unguent)1560362908.0
@AP_Oddities He bought the plates off of Florida Man.— Alexander III of Macedon (@Alexander III of Macedon)1560362781.0
Still, kudos to the officer for his keen eye.
@AP_Oddities Good work detective— carlial slongstofsky (@carlial slongstofsky)1560428370.0
@CNN Give that officer a cookie— Dalia (@Dalia)1560382791.0
But hey, maybe it's actually a good thing.
If he ends up spending some time in prison, there's a chance Salazar could finally be able to perfect his craft.
@CNN How ironic! After he gets to prison maybe he'll be making the real thing— Jeff Hall (@Jeff Hall)1560383282.0
Look out Bob Ross: we can't wait to see what this budding artiste comes up with next!
The Internet Is Praising A Police Officer's Kindhearted Actions After Pulling Over A Man With Expired License Plates
An Illinois man was on his way to a job interview when he was pulled over by police. His license plate expired, this was the last thing he thought he needed.
Ka'shawn Baldwin was pulled over by officer Roger Gemoules of the Cahokia Police Department.
However, instead of a ticket, Gemoules surprised Baldwin by giving him a ride instead.
"It meant everything." Illinois police officer drives man to job interview after pulling him over for driving with… https://t.co/gQdlB7R9p0— ABC News (@ABC News)1555904165.0
In an interview with NBC News, Baldwin said,
"I was nervous. I was thinking, I was just going to get some more tickets and have some more fines that I really can't afford to pay."
Baldwin knew his driver's license was suspended but didn't realize his plates were expired.
However, he took the risk anyway, as he needed this job to be able to fix any of these problems, as well as provide for his 2-year old daughter.
"The routine thing is to tow the car and take the person to jail who is driving the car,"
He assumed that exact thing would play out when he was pulled over.
@ABC I'm to that there are still some good Policemen out there. When I was growing up The Policeman suppose to be s… https://t.co/84n9L3YDb9— Terri Teal (@Terri Teal)1555941788.0
@GMA That beats the beating whats happening all the time against black people— TheaStuger (@TheaStuger)1555946191.0
@ABC So the potential employer saw this young man get out of a cruiser, right? The cop should've given him a ticke… https://t.co/TWtPeMhi3I— I will not vote for just anybody. (@I will not vote for just anybody.)1555925058.0
@ABC I don't mind people do good things to get popularity. I mean, can you imagine people competing each other to d… https://t.co/Cg4ovM5pDq— ORN™ (@ORN™)1555946605.0
When Officer Gemoules asked Baldwin why he was driving under these conditions, he explained he had no other way to get to his job interview.
Gemoules told the young man he couldn't take the car the rest of the way.
Instead, he followed Baldwin as they took the car home to be parked, and the officer drove him to the interview.
The officer explained to ABC News:
"Something came upon me, God, whatever it was, and said, 'Give him a little break.' So that's what I did,"
Baldwin was very surprised, saying,
"Normally cops, where I'm from, they don't really do stuff like that. It meant everything. It brought my spirits up."
It's just so very wholesome.
also this is an amazing story about a Police officer, and a citizen that shows more guys like this cop who gave the… https://t.co/1e20tD2lTB— Laurent DAlmeida (@Laurent DAlmeida)1555949128.0
@GMA This. We need this. A fair and just balance in news coverage. Beautiful. ❤— Dream Jordan, YA Author•DMs🚫 (@Dream Jordan, YA Author•DMs🚫)1555946061.0
@ABC @IngrahamAngle We need more people like this police officer!— Thad Szczebak (@Thad Szczebak)1555941622.0
@azfamily Everyone is in a hurry to like or retweet drama, negativity and controversy but not many are willing to r… https://t.co/ARcLZjqfdZ— Alex Rivera (@Alex Rivera)1555725830.0
And to add a cherry on top of this sweet story, Baldwin got the job at the Fedex facility he interviewed for.
The mayor of the town, Curtis Mccall, has said he is proud of both men.
"Community policing is something we strive for in Cahokia, because it is not always about writing tickets, or sending someone to jail."
"It is about helping people when we can and building relationships. Job well done Officer Gemolus and congrats to the young man for getting the job!"