Fugitive captured during traffic stop near Cadillac
A fugitive with warrants out in both Arkansas and Texas was captured during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon near Cadillac.
John Nicholas Cote, 35, is wanted by the Arkansas Department of Corrections as a parole absconder. He's also wanted in Johnson County, Texas on felony assault charges.
According to the Michigan State Police, before fleeing Texas, Cote was able to buy a stolen identity including a Texas driver's license and Social Security card of a Texas truck driver.
Michigan State Police reports Cote has been living and working in the Grand Rapids area under this identity for about 18 months. He had a check stub from a Grand Rapids area factory with that identity.
During the traffic stop on US-131 Tuesday afternoon, Cote told State Police he had forgotten his wallet. However, he provided a correct name, date of birth and Social Security number of the stolen identity. But after investigating further, troopers found inconsistencies in his identification.
He was taken to the Wexford County Jail for operating without a license. Once at the jail, he was fingerprinted and his real identity was revealed.
Cote will also be charged with furnishing false information to a police officer as well as driving without a license. State Police report both Texas and Arkansas intend to extradite.