$400 fine for wasting police time and lying about identity

AN IPSWICH man has been reprimanded for wasting police time after he pretended to be his cousin to avoid a traffic infringement.

Simon Alafau Mikaele appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with contravening a direction and unlicensed driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Megan O'Brien said police had found Mikaele behind the wheel of a car in Goodna on August 23. When pulled over the 19-year-old said his licence was at his girlfriend's house and provided police with his cousin's name.

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A check revealed things didn't quite match up and police escorted Mikaele back to his girlfriend's house.

When they arrived at the address, Mikaele said he could not find his wallet or the keys to the house.

He was arrested for being unable to establish his identity and taken to Goodna police station.

At the station, police located a photograph of his cousin which proved Mikaele was not who he said he was.

The construction worker was then fingerprinted to ascertain his identity.

As he waited for the results Mikaele said he was tired and finally gave his real name.

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He told police that he had kept up the charade to hide the fact he didn't have a licence.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Mikaele had wasted an "awful lot of police time" by lying about who he was.

"Your identity was always going to be proven," she said. "You were very unco-operative with police by maintaining you were someone else."

Mikaele pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined $400.

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