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Ocala man popped for running stop sign and jailed after giving false name

Geoffrey Todd Holgate

An Ocala man found himself behind bars Wednesday night after being stopped for running a stop sign.

An Ocala Police officer stopped a black Honda Accord at the intersection of SW Fort King Street and SW 21st Avenue and spoke with the driver, 46-year-old Geoffrey Todd Holgate, who said he had left his license in his truck. The officer requested Holgate’s name and he claimed to be “Shannon P. Holgate” with a date of birth of July 20, 1969. He also said his address was 11 NW 56th St. in Ocala, a report states.

The officer couldn’t find a driver’s license number on file for Shannon Holgate, so he searched through computer records for information on the vehicle, which was attached to Geoffrey Holgate’s name. The officer compared the information he had been given with the information in the computer system and determined that Holgate was lying to him about his true identity, the report says.

The officer instructed Holgate to exit his vehicle and detained him. Holgate then admitted that his real first name was Geoffrey and after checking through computer records, the officer determined that he only had a valid Florida identification card, the report says.

Holgate was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with giving a false name to a law enforcement officer and having no valid driver’s license. He was released Thursday night on $1,500 bond and his next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.

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