A false tapping license plate with a snake designation for California received a motorcycle officer's attention and eventually led to a truck driver arrested earlier this week, officials said.
Ventura County Sheriff's Office said Monday's counterfeit basket reading "Califas" instead of California asked an officer to stop a tractor trailer in Moorpark.
The plate seemed to have a black background with yellow letters, like the California Legacy Plate – but with the state name wrong.
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"Califas" is a Spanish slang term or nickname for California, according to KABC.
Senior lawyer David Anaya said in a press release during the investigation, the driver appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
The driver, who was not identified, was arrested for driving under the influence, possession of methamphetamine, being an unlicensed driver and having an active guarantee of his arrest, according to the Sheriff's office.
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The truck must also be towed from the scene because it was "uncertain to be driven," says Anaya. Officials did not indicate when the event took place.
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The Sheriff's office said the arrest was one of many stops for security issues involving commercial vehicles traveling through Moorpark, as the city sees about 243 commercial vehicles passing by every hour.
Last year, deputies issued 983 traffic and parking quotes for commercial truck offenses and arrested several drivers for a variety of crimes, including driving affected by alcohol or drugs, possession of fake driving licenses or vehicle registrations, and due to outstanding warrants.