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Ontario man pleads guilty after impersonating brother to get out of traffic ticket

A Kingston, Ont. man who thought he would impersonate his brother to avoid a traffic ticket is dealing with the consequences in court after his plan backfired.  

As reported by the Kingston Whig Standard, Robert Carmichael pleaded guilty in Kingston’s Ontario Court of Justice this week to fraudulently impersonating his brother when a military police officer pulled him over for driving through a Canadian Forces Base at 11:35 p.m… without lights on. 

At the time of the incident he told the officer he left his licence at his girlfriend’s house and had no other ID with him. He identified himself verbally and when the information matched within the system, he was given a ticket for not producing his licence. 

It was revealed in court that Carmichael, at the time, was a suspended driver. 

Two months later the military police officer interviewed Carmichael’s brother and knew he was not the man he pulled over, according to Assistant Crown attorney Elisabeth Foxton. 

Carmichael told the judge he personally contacted the military police 10 days after his brother was interviewed and confessed to the crime. 

Since the incident, which happened in January 2018, Carmichael has been charged with three other offences, including failure to pay a cab driver for his fare. 

His lawyer told the judge that his client had suffered a head injury in a motor vehicle accident, has had a history of drug use and was going through a “hard time.” 

The judge took into consideration the 22 days Carmichael previously spent in pretrial custody at a detention centre. As a result, he was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay his cab driver back $40.