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Christopher Richard Cleveland
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
In an interesting series of events, a man who seemed to be attempting to avoid being caught still found himself in hot water despite his efforts to hide his true identity.
Sheriff Michael Howell explained that on September 21 his office was contacted by Wetumpka Tribal Police stating that they had an individual in their custody who had warrants in Coosa County. Deputy Bradberry went to Wetumpka and transported the individual back to the Sheriff’s Office.
Howell said that the individual gave the police a false identity to obstruct justice. In doing so, that false name that he gave actually belonged to someone who had warrants in Coosa County.
Howell added that the individual was brought to the Coosa County Jail and that the individual never corrected it. The next morning it was determined that he was not the person he claimed to be, even though he was in custody on that person’s charges.
They were then able to determine that he was actually 39-year-old Christopher Richard Cleveland of Sylacauga. Further, it was discovered that Cleveland had a warrant through Elmore County.
He was arrested and charged with using a false identity to obstruct justice. His bond was set at $5,000, and as of press time he remained in custody at the Coosa County Jail awaiting trial.
Anyone who observes or suspects illegal activity is encouraged to report it to the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office at 256-377-4922 or online at www.coosacountyso.org. Anonymous tips are also welcome.