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Double trouble for man accused of using twin’s identity

NIAGARA FALLS – Several additional charges were lodged against a Lockport man after it was determined he used his twin brother’s identity during an arrest, according to State Police.

Last Saturday, troopers arrested James E. McDonald, 26, on charges related to driving while drunk and under the influence of drugs, police reported. After initially being taken to the Niagara barracks to be checked out by a drug recognition expert, McDonald was taken to Mount St. Mary’s Hospital for a chemical test, police said.

At that time, McDonald was released on a ticket to appear Oct. 16 in Niagara Falls City Court.

Then a fingerprint analysis determined that McDonald had used his twin brother’s identity at the time of arrest, police reported this week. As a result, he also faces felony counts of offering a false instrument for filing, falsifying business records and forgery, as well as misdemeanor counts of identity theft and criminal impersonation.

Following arraignment in Lewiston Town Court, McDonald was sent to Niagara County Jail in lieu of an unspecified amount of bail.