Woman charged with giving police false name – again

By Ed Lewis - [email protected] | December 29th, 2017 8:01 pm

WILKES-BARRE — For the second time this week, a Wilkes-Barre woman was charged with using a false name to identify herself to police.

City police charged Shante Tanikka Brazzell, 37, of Scott Street, with false identification to law enforcement after investigating a domestic dispute at her residence on Thursday.

City police allegedly found crack cocaine inside the residence and learned Brazzell was wanted by authorities in Lehigh County.

Online court records from Lehigh County say Brazzell is wanted for failure to pay fines and court costs on forgery and bad check offenses dating back to 2003.

In addition to the false identification count, city police charged Brazzell with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Earlier this week, Forty Fort police charged Brazzell with giving a false name during a traffic stop for drunken driving on Wyoming Avenue in November. A 10-year-old girl was inside Brazzell’s vehicle when she was stopped on Nov. 19, Forty Fort police alleged.

Brazzell allegedly told Forty Fort police her name was Shante Moore, according to the criminal complaint.

Forty Fort police alleged they learned Brazzell gave a false name at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where a blood alcohol test was performed.

Brazzell allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .225 percent when she was stopped by Forty Fort police, the complaint says.

An adult driver in Pennsylvania is considered legally intoxicated with a BAC of .08 percent.

Forty Fort police charged Brazzell with child endangerment, drunken driving, reckless endangerment, obstruction of justice, and unsworn falsification to authorities in addition to the false identification offense.

Brazzell is jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on the warrant from Lehigh County.