Platteville police are investigating an incident in which a man arrested for disorderly conduct gave someone else’s name to police.
The false identification came to light when a relative of the man reported to have been arrested told the man about The Platteville Journal’s report of his arrest.
The Journal reported last week that police cited Shane D. Groom, 21, Platteville, for disorderly conduct early Oct. 19. Police were called for a report of a man banging on the door at to 480 N. Second St. around 1:50 a.m.
On Friday, Groom met with police and told them he had had no contact with police that night. Police investigated further and found out that the man who identified himself as Groom was actually Jace S. Simonson, 19, Richland Center.
“If not for the article, Mr. Groom would not have been aware that someone had used his name [and date of birth] until after a warrant would have been issued for his arrest for not paying the citation,” said police Lt. Bruce Buchholtz.
Police are continuing to investigate.