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License plate switch lands driver in trouble

A Faribault man's attempts to avoid paying for license tabs has landed him in trouble for a number of violations.

A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy stopped 35-year-old Taras Sharif Walker last March in Castle Rock Township after checking his license plate and discovering it belonged on a maroon Plymouth Voyager, not the gold Plymouth Neon Walker was driving. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Walker told the deputy he knew the license plate did not match the car and said he'd switched them because he couldn't afford to renew his license tabs.

Walker also reportedly told the deputy his driver's license was expired.

When questioned about vehicle records showing the Voyager from which the plates had come was registered to a 69-year-old Plymouth woman, Walker said he'd bought the car a year ago but never transferred the title.

Walker faces gross misdemeanor charges of driving with a canceled license and attempting to escape a tax. Both carry a potential sentence of up to one year and fines of up to $3,000. A misdemeanor charge of failure to transfer a vehicle title carries a potential sentence of up to 90 days and fines of up to $1,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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