GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A local woman arrested more than a year ago on drunk driving charges now faces an additional charge of criminal impersonation, a felony, for allegedly using her sister’s identification to evade punishment in the DUI case.
Llaneth Stephanie Cervantes, 20, of Glenwood Springs, was arrested by Garfield County deputies near Carbondale on Nov. 17, 2012, on charges of drunk driving, weaving on the roadway, and driving without a valid license (resident more than 30 days), according to records provided by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department.
She apparently used identification belonging to her sister in California, according to sources in local law enforcement, and ultimately was convicted and given a probationary sentence, but in the name of her sister.
Courthouse personnel were unable to provide the name of Cervantes’ sister.
Recently, however, when Cervantes allegedly failed to comply with the conditions of her probation, a warrant was issued for her arrest, but again in the name of her sister.
Cervantes showed up at the Garfield County Courthouse on Dec. 5, reportedly to turn herself in, and was re-arrested by Glenwood Springs Police on the impersonation charge, as confirmed by Police Chief Terry Wilson.
Wilson said his officers acted based on a request from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office.
Cervantes was then re-booked into the Garfield County Jail at approximately 1 p.m. on Dec. 4, this time on the impersonation charge.
She was to have appeared in court for advisement on the charge and the legal situation she is in related to the DUI conviction, by District Judge John Neiley, but she reportedly was released from jail Wednesday night after paying her bond of $2,500, according to jail personnel.
As a result, her advisement before the judge, scheduled for 1:30 p.m., was canceled, and she now is due again in court on Dec. 18, according to the jail.
Criminal impersonation, a class 6 felony, carries a potential penalty of up to a year and a half in prison.