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Massena man jailed for impersonating his brother during traffic


FALSE IMPERSONATION - MASSENA - Village police charged Billy G. Goodreau, 27, of 33 Middlebury Ave., Massena, with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and ticketed for operation of a vehicle with inadequate headlights at 3:13 a.m. Sunday following a traffic stop on West Hatfield Street.

Police said Goodreau repeatedly identified himself as his brother, Bob V. Goodreau and provided police officers with his brother’s date of birth and address during the traffic stop.

Police said further investigation revealed Goodreau’s actual identity, and they said the Massena man pulled away from the arresting officer, became passive resistant, disobeyed an order to put his hands behind his back and pulled away from the officer again. They said he had to be taken to the ground to be handcuffed.

Goodreau was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

It’s not the first time Goodreau has attempted to get his brother into trouble.

The then Norwood man driving without a license when he was pulled over for speeding Aug. 19 on East Hatfield Street had decided to make it a family affair.

Village police had also charged Billy G. Goodreauin that case with false personation and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and ticketed him for speed in zone at 11:38 p.m. Aug. 20in the Walmart parking lot following further investigation into a traffic stop at 7:50 p.m. Aug. 19 on East Hatfield Street.

Police sad Billy had identified himself as Bob V. Goodreau, 25, of Massena at the traffic stop and the speed in zone ticket had initially been issued to Bob Goodreau. They said they launched an investigation Tuesday after associates of Bob Goodreau informed then he had not been stopped by the police Monday evening.

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