It took awhile for Lower Saucon police to identify the driver they stopped Wednesday night on Mountain Drive North just off Route 378.
That’s because the man gave police three false names -- something he has apparently done in at least one previous case -- before they were able to nail down his true identity, court records say.
Jason Michael Ludwig, 30, of the 400 block of Bauer Road, Moore Township, shouldn’t have been driving in the first place because of a plea agreement involving a drunken driving charge, the records say.
Ludwig is also the subject of a “fugitive declaration” in Morrisville, Bucks County, on charges of theft by unlawful taking and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to online court records.
Lower Saucon Officer John Bowlby wrote in a criminal complaint that he stopped Ludwig’s car, a silver 2010 Hyundai Elantra, around 9:35 p.m. after it turned left from southbound Route 378 onto Mountain Drive North.
A sign at that intersection says “No Turns.”
After being stopped, Ludwig allegedly gave Bowlby three false names and dates of birth before he was placed in “investigatory detention.” It was there, the complaint says, that “officers learned his real name” and real date of birth.
Armed with the real name, Bowlby got confirmation of “arrest warrants” out of Bucks County.
The officer wrote that Ludwig is a flight risk “due to his numerous aliases as well as providing multiple false addresses.”
District Judge Robert Hawke of Lehigh Township committed Ludwig to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail after arraigning him at 1:40 a.m. Thursday.
Ludwig was charged with false identification to law enforcement officers, driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked-DUI related, and required positions and methods of turning.
Giving false names is something Ludwig has allegedly done before. Online court records say that in a Middletown Township, Bucks County case he provided the aliases Jason Hill, Michael Stevens and Jason Ludwig aka Ludlow.