Last night, Richmond Police Officers observed a pickup truck traveling near North 3rd Street and Moberly Avenue without the rear license plate being illuminated.
After conducting a traffic stop on the vehicle, officers reportedly observed that the driver, Roderick Benson of Cumberland, did not have his seatbelt on. Upon requesting identification, Benson reportedly stated that he did not have his operator’s license on his person. Benson also allegedly told officers that he had previously been in a car accident and could not remember his Social Security number.
According to the citation, Benson eventually gave officers a relative’s name and date of birth. After the officers warned Benson that this was a criminal offense, he provided his true identity. Officers say Benson then proceeded to fall to the ground and complain of chest pain.
After being informed by police that he was being arrested for active warrants and identity theft, Benson allegedly began to direct expletives towards the officers. Benson was detained and transported to the Madison County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft of Identity of Another Without Consent and Failure to Wear Seatbelts among other charges.