By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Facebook check blows fugitive's cover

A Portland fugitive learned that Sunday when he was stopped for an equipment violation on Interstate 5 near Lake Oswego.

Oregon State Police Trooper Travis Neubauer became suspicious when the driver, not listed as registered owner of the 1995 Honda Accord, showed him an Oregon license clearly bearing someone else’s photograph.

The man claimed the car belonged to his fiancée and gave the trooper her name.

Using his in-car computer, Trooper Neubauer did a Facebook search for the woman. Her Facebook page noted that she was in a relationship with a man named Kerry Prowse, 42 — a man wanted, it turned out, on several felony warrants.

The driver eventually admitted to being Prowse. He was taken into custody on a state warrant for parole violation and a Multnomah County warrant for felon in possession of a weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

He also faces some new charges — driving under the influence of intoxicants and driving while suspended — and additional charges are being considered, according to state police.

It’s unlikely Prowse will be able to check Facebook for awhile. He’s now lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.

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