Schenectady cops: Driver stopped twice with bogus license
SCHENECTADY An Albany man with poor driving skills may have pressed his luck a little too far Saturday morning, according to police and court records.
That’s because the man was stopped by police twice in nine hours.
In the first stop, he presented the officer with a fake driver’s license and it worked, police said. A legitimate name and date of birth on the ID raised no red flags.
In the second stop, the man allegedly produced the same fake license. This time, the second officer checked the identification number on the license and it came back as fake, authorities said.
Now, the driver, identified as Rondue K. Gentry, 34, of Albany, faces felony charges related to the fake ID in both stops.
The first traffic stop happened just before 6:30 p.m. Friday near the corner of Albany and Paige streets.
Gentry handed over a New Jersey driver’s license, police said. The officer ran the name and date of birth. With nothing unusual coming up, Gentry was issued traffic tickets and released.
Then, almost exactly nine hours later, Gentry was pulled over again. This time, he was at the intersection of Summit Avenue and Hamilton Street. He allegedly disobeyed a traffic-control device.
Gentry handed over the same New Jersey license. This time, though, his luck ran out, according to police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken. Gentry was then arrested and charged with second-degree forgery.
Officers then checked the system and found the same fake license was used at a traffic stop the previous evening. Gentry admitted using the license then and that it was fake, according to papers filed in court.
Gentry was then charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
McCracken said Tuesday that both ways of checking a license are acceptable: checking the name and date of birth and checking the identification number.
In Gentry’s case, the name and date of birth connected to a real person, but the identification number wasn’t correct.
Gentry’s own license was suspended in New York for a total of 17 times related to nine separate dates, according to papers.
Gentry also faces misdemeanor and traffic infractions for both stops.