Arizona is the off-season home to countless professional baseball players, so, in December, police pulling over a relief pitcher for the Florida Marlins wouldn't be that faratched.
Unfortunately for a Mexican national living in Chandler, it's September, and the Marlins aren't in town to play the D-Backs.
So, when 41-year-old Oscar Corral presented DPS officers with a forged Puerto Rican driver's license with the name of Marlin pitcher Enrique Calero Carrion, which is the full name of Florida Marlins relief pitcher "Kiko" Calero, during a routine traffic stop, they were suspicious.
"We don't know how long he was actually using the man's identity."says DPS Officer Robert Bailey. "The pitcher had a breakin at his house around 2001, which is when he may have lost his information."
When the officer requested more information from Corral, he presented a forged Social Security card with Calero's SS number on it.
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"We called the pitcher and told him about it. He didn't even know, so he was obviously pretty grateful," Bailey says.
Bailey says the suspect has a lengthy criminal history, and authorities are still investigating whether damage was done to the pitcher's credit.
This was just a poor decision on all fronts for Oscar Corral. He should have stolen the identity of someone on the Yankees, at least then he'd have a legitimate shot at the playoffs.