Facebook helps police bust fugitive with fake ID

Facebook helps police bust fugitive with fake ID

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- This time it was Facebook that solved the crime.

State troopers used the social media site on Sunday afternoon to identify a wanted fugitive who had used a fake identity.

When the driver presented a fake I.D. to state troopers during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Lake Oswego, the troopers were skeptical. The picture didn’t match the driver.

The man said the car belonged to his fiancé and gave the troopers the woman’s name.

Troopers were able to identify the driver after searching the woman’s name on Facebook in their patrol car laptop computer. The woman listed herself as in a relationship with Kerry Prowse, who resembled the driver, according to an Oregon State Police news release.

Troopers said when they questioned the man, he eventually admitted he was Prowse, a wanted fugitive from Portland.

Wanted on a parole violation, Prowse, 42, also was arrested on suspicion of felon in possession of a weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Prowse also was cited for DUII drugs and misdemeanor driving while suspended. He was booked in the Clackamas County Jail. Other charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues, police said.