From the AP News:
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – A male who lied to Sheboygan police to hide his unpaid traffic citations almost got himself into far more serious trouble. Police said they stopped a vehicle Saturday for improper registration. One passenger identified himself to police, who ran a check on that name.
It turned out to be the name of someone who has an active felony warrant for vehicular homicide.
When the passenger found out, he quickly gave police his real name. He said he lied earlier because he has outstanding traffic fines in another state and wasn’t sure whether there was a warrant out for him.
The male was arrested on an obstruction charge.
Before he was released, police verified through photos and fingerprints that he wasn’t the vehicular-homicide suspect.
Not to be outdone, also in Sheboygan, WI:
A husband and wife turned each other in to Sheboygan police this week after their car was pulled over for reckless driving, according to a criminal complaint.
The ensuing investigation — which included a bag of stolen steaks — led to a felony, three misdemeanors, an ordinance violation and one pending charge for the couple and a friend, authorities said.
According to the complaint:
Mark and Carol Reindl, of 1313-A Alabama Avenue, were pulled over about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of Virginia Ave. A police officer had observed the vehicle squealing its tires, coming to an abrupt stop and operating erratically.
Carol Reindl, 43, who was driving when the car was pulled over, told police she had just gotten behind the wheel, saying the erratic driving was done by her husband. Since she was behind the wheel, however, she was cited for operating with a suspended license.
Based on her allegation, 47-year-old Mark Reindl was then arrested for operating after revocation, a misdemeanor. Earlier that same day he had been charged for allegedly driving with a revoked license last week.
While being taken into custody, he told the officer a bag of steaks in the back seat had been stolen by his wife and a friend of hers, Lisa J. Ehlert, 40, from the south-side Piggly Wiggly.
Another friend of the couple — who told police the Reindls had been drinking earlier — said Carol Reindl and Ehlert brought the stolen steaks to his house and offered to sell them for $50, claiming they were worth $140.
Thursday, Carol Reindl and Ehlert were charged with misdemeanor retail theft, with additional charges of felony bail jumping for Ehlert and misdemeanor bail jumping for Reindl for allegedly violating their bond in other pending criminal cases.
If convicted of all charges, Carol Reindl faces up to 18 months in jail, and Ehlert, of 2531 N. 13th St., faces up to three years and nine months in prison.
Mark Reindl was referred to prosecutors for a charge of second-offense operating after revocation, though that has not yet been issued by the Sheboygan County District Attorney’s Office, authorities said.