BURRILLVILLE – A man accused of reckless driving and possession in Burrillville has been cleared of all charges after courts learned the suspect arrested last year had actually stolen the identity he gave to police.
Craig Leibold of Barre, Vt. was charged with possession and reckless driving/eluding police in Burrillville following the incident on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 involving a brief car chase, and the discovery of narcotics and needles in the vehicle.
But at the time of the incident, Leibold had already reported the vehicle stolen in Vermont.
The driver, who led police on a chase along Broncos Highway and into neighboring Glocester, has since been discovered to have been Jared Fahmy of Bedford, N.H. Fahmy had reportedly stolen not only Leibold’s vehicle, but his license, and all of the belongings that were in the car at the time of the theft.
Fahmy, who told Burrillville police, “Call the Feds. I’m not talking to anyone,” at the time of the arrest according to reports, has a criminal history that includes a 2015 bank robbery in New Hampshire, and more recently, larceny and use of a stolen credit card in Burlington, Vt.
Fahmy now has charges for the car and identity theft pending in Vermont, and all charges against Leibold have been dismissed.