A Talladega man was arrested on felony obstruction charges after giving police a false name to avoid being arrested on outstanding warrants.
Marcus Sharone Smoot, 30, was being held in the Talladega County Metro Jail on a $5,000 bond on the obstruction charge, and a $1,000 bond for disorderly conduct.
According to Talladega Police Capt. Leon Thomas, officers initially responded to an anonymous call regarding possible criminal behavior at the Budget Inn on Alabama 77. Smoot was identified by detectives as a person of interest in an ongoing but unrelated investigation. He also had outstanding warrants for failure to appear in Anniston.
When officers made contact, Smoot and a female in the room with him both said his first name was Jarvis.
While he was being taken into custody and led to a police car, he became very loud and profane, Thomas said. When questioned further about his identity, he again insisted that his name was Jarvis but that he did not know his Social Security number.
The female was also arrested when she insisted that her companion’s name was Jarvis.
After being confronted with previous photographs of himself, Smoot eventually confessed his real identity.
Providing false information to police in order to avoid prosecution is a class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.
Providing false information for other reasons is usually a misdemeanor.
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