Wanted man claims to be his brother after police stop

Cody Manvilla. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department.
Cody Manvilla. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Bartholomew County deputies arrested a wanted man last night, but only after he allegedly tried to pass himself off as his own brother.

According to the sheriff’s department, a deputy tried to pull over a vehicle on U.S. 31 but the driver switched lanes, sped up and eventually turned off onto Robin Way before pulling over. The driver identified himself with his brother’s name but the deputy suspected he was really Cody Manvilla, says Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.

A second deputy who had prior experiences with Manvilla arrived and confirmed that the 25-year-old Taylorsville man was allegedly misidentifying himself.

Manvilla was wanted on four warrants for failing to appear in court and is now facing new charges of  possession of methamphetamine, false informing, driving while suspended with a prior conviction and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license.