By LEANDRA ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 24-year-old man who gave police the wrong name earlier this week was yesterday ordered to complete 100 hours of community service to avoid spending a month behind bars.
Police arrested Terry Higgs after he intentionally deceived an officer by giving him a false name on December 13. Higgs admitted the offence before Magistrate Kendra Kelly.
Prosecutor Vernon Pyfrom told the court that officers in Marshall Road stopped a red Nissan Cube.
Police asked the driver his name, which he replied was “Terrance Higgs”.
However, officers later discovered his real name was Terry Higgs and arrested him and took him to the police station where he denied the offence.
Higgs told the court he gave officers the wrong name out of panic.
He said after officers pulled his vehicle over, they “rushed” at him with guns and positioned a gun at his chest. “I panicked and ended up giving them the wrong name,” he said.
The 24-year-old said he was sorry and begged the court for mercy, saying the incident was his first run in with the law. Magistrate Kelly told him to be truthful going forward and granted him conditional discharge once he completed 100 hours of community service.
She warned if he didn’t do the service, he risked spending a month in prison.