Man arrested after lying to officers

A Vancouver man learned the hard way it’s not a good idea to lie to police, after he was arrested for providing a false name to an member of Lower Mainland District RCMP Deas Island Traffic Services.

Officers were conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 99 in Delta last month, when they stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic offence.

Officers requested the rear passenger identity himself, as a result of an alleged seatbelt infraction. The passenger verbally identified himself to police using a suspected false name. Despite several cautions from the officers he continued to maintain the false identity, and was subsequently arrested for obstruction of a peace officer and taken into custody where he continued to refuse to identify himself. Through further investigation, officers confirmed the man’s true identity to be 57-year-old Douglas Nikkel of Vancouver.

Nikkel was held in custody and appeared in Surrey Provincial Court on Dec. 19, where he again refused to acknowledge his true identity or cooperate with the court process.

During the court hearing Nikkel allegedly uttered threats against court personnel, and has been remanded in custody.

“Not identifying yourself to a police officer or the courts over an alleged Motor Vehicle Act infraction is not the best choice” says Sgt. Peter Thiessen of the Lower Mainland District RCMP. “Nikkel has spent almost a month in jail over an alleged seatbelt infraction.”

Nikkel is currently charged with obstructing a peace officer, obstructing justice, utter threats and failing to wear a seatbelt. He was scheduled to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on Thursday, Jan. 10.

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