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O'Brien County Sheriff's Office

SHELDON—Two people were arrested following a traffic stop shortly after noon Friday, June 11, at Crossroads Travel Plaza in Sheldon.

The arrests stemmed from the stop of a 2005 Chevrolet Impala for a defective exhaust, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, 38-year-old Benjamin Elias Parsons of Webb, initially identified himself by another name and provided an incorrect date of birth.

When the deputy told Parsons he recognized him, Parsons admitted he lied about his name and he had a suspended driver’s license, according to the incident report.

Parsons was arrested on charges of driving while his license was denied, suspended, canceled or revoked and providing false identification information.

He pleaded guilty to the two charges the next day in O’Brien County District Court in Primghar and sentenced to pay $347.50 in court-related costs for the driving violation and $290 for providing false information.

His passenger, 41-year-old Laurie Sue Thompson of Sioux City, appeared to be nervous during the stop.

When she was asked if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle, she said she had a small amount of marijuana and a pipe inside of her purse, according to the incident report.

The marijuana was seized and Thompson was arrested on a charge of first-offense possession of a controlled substance.