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Man arrested after returning for ID

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

LACEY'S SPRING — Ivan Alonzo might have given authorities the slip if he hadn't tempted fate by returning to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department for his identification card.

Chief Deputy Mike Corley said a deputy was patrolling last week when he discovered Alonzo, apparently homeless, living under Whitesburg Bridge.

Corley said the deputy checked on 42-year-old Alonzo and discovered he might be wanted in Okfuskee County, Okla.

Authorities in Oklahoma didn't respond to the department's query, forcing the deputy to eventually release Alonzo.

"They followed up on it in the meantime, and found out that he was wanted and they would extradite him on various
failures to appear, drug charges and driving offenses," Corley said.

Tracking down a drifter might have been a challenge, had Alonzo not produced himself.

"Alonzo called dispatch and said the officer kept his ID card and he wanted it back," Corley said. "So we set up a time for him to come up here to the sheriff's office and we would have it. In fact, we did have his ID, and now it's in a jail baggie and it will accompany him back to Oklahoma."

Corley said Alonzo signed an extradition waiver before District Judge David Breland
on Tuesday, giving Oklahoma authorities 10 days to pick him up.

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