Oregon Trooper uses Facebook to ID driver

March 20, 2013

Oregon State Police say a trooper checked Facebook to determine that a driver whose face didn’t match his license was really a fugitive wanted on felony warrants.

Lt. Gregg Hastings says an equipment violation prompted Trooper Travis Neubauer to stop a car Sunday on an Interstate 5 ramp in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego. The adult male driver did not match the photo on his driver’s license and he wasn’t the car’s registered owner.

The driver said he was driving his fiancee’s car so the trooper checked her Facebook page on his mobile computer and learned she was dating a man named Kerry Prowse.

Hastings says Prowse was wanted on felony warrants alleging parole violation and being a felon in possession of a weapon. The spokesman says the driver eventually acknowledged he was Prowse. He was arrested.

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