An Ozark County man, who initially gave authorities a wrong name when arrested on traffic offense and had his picture and name posted on the Baxter County Sheriff’s office website, is facing additional charges after the man whose name was used recognized the picture and called the department to report it.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said 26 year old Timothy Mark Strain of Gainesville has be charged with obstructing government operations, a misdemeanor, along with criminal impersonation and two counts of failure to appear, also a misdemeanor on Sunday March 21, 2010.

Sheriff John Montgomery

Sheriff John Montgomery said Timothy Mark Strain was initially arrested by Arkansas State Trooper Britt Clements where he was charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license, no vehicle license, no seat belt and no proof of insurance. The sheriff said Timothy Mark Strain gave false information to the jail booking officer and was booked under the false name.

Approximately 30 minutes later, the sheriff’s office received a call from a man claiming that it was his name, but not his picture on the department’s website. The caller said he recognized the picture and told deputies the suspect’s real name.

 Timothy Mark Strain

When questioned, authorities said Timothy Mark Strain admitted he had lied to officers about his identity. Timothy Mark Strain then was charged with criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor. He also faced two failures to appear warrants from Baxter County. Timothy Mark Strain remained in the Baxter County jail Monday with bail at $3,165.


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