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Sirens & Gavels

Woman falsley claims to be fugitive

A passenger who lied about her identity during a traffic stop Monday provided the name of another woman who had a warrant for her arrest.

Michael Lynn Polello, 37, provided her real name after a records check revealed the warrant for the other name, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said today.

Polello didn't have any warrants, but she did have a small baggie of methamphetamine in her purse, deputies said.

Deputies encountered Polello after stopping a Toyota 4-Runner for making an improper turn near West Wellesley Avenue and North Wall Street in Spokane about 8 p.m.

The driver, 45-year-old Rodney Harold Bruhjell of Spokane, received a warning but allowed the deputies to search his SUV, which turned up a marijuana pipe and led deputies to ask Polello for her name.

Polello was booked into jail for possession of methamphetamine and making false statements.  Bruhjell was cited and released for possession of marijuana. Polello was ordered released on her own recognizance after appearing in court this afternoon.

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