A New Jersey man repeatedly told local court officials they had the wrong man and it was his twin brother who racked up several traffic tickets.
However, court officials finally realized that Olawale Agoro used a fake name to have his court dates postponed. Olawale posed as his "twin" Tony to get new court dates for his traffic violations. He now faces charges of hindering apprehension, false swearing and resisting arrests, NorthJersey.com reports.
"This is just another example of the extremes people will go to escape justice," Rochelle Park Police Chief Robert Flannelly said in a media release Friday.
Police said the rouse began in July when a Maywood, N.J. officer pulled Agoro over and issued him five traffic tickets. When he appeared in municipal court, he identified himself as "Tony," and said he was legally blind. However, officer Matthew Parodi, who pulled Agoro over, knew it was the same individual he stopped.
Agoro left court and asked a stranger to drive his car to the corner in order to get away from the court sight unseen. Parodi saw Agoro get into the car to take the wheel and issued him three more tickets. His car was subsequently impounded.
Agoro would go to Rochelle Park, N.J. Municipal Court to request a later court date, which was missed. He later posed as "Tony" to beg the clerks to grant adjournments for his brother because Olawale was in Nigeria mourning the death of their father.
After the adjournments were granted, Agoro would miss another court date and that's when a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Police question Agoro about "Tony," and after further analysis, police realized that "Tony" did not exist.