On April 21, 2020, at approximately 9 a.m., State Police conducted a traffic stop on State Route 22 in the town of Peru on a 2005 BMW for the operator using his cellular device while the vehicle was in motion.
The operator, later identified as Iliya J. Light, 35, of Keeseville, gave the trooper false information about his identity. He was arrested for false personation and subsequently found to be operating his vehicle while impaired by drugs. Further investigation revealed that Light possessed a forged certificate of inspection on his vehicle and was operating with a suspended license. He was ultimately charged with Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree (D felony), False Personation (B misdemeanor), and Felony DWAI-Drugs, due to a prior conviction within the preceding ten years. Light was released with appearance tickets returnable to the Peru Town Court.