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Jaamal Bell

Racine police say a 38-year-old man tried to avoid arrest during a traffic stop by saying he was someone else and that he has cancer.

Jaamal Bell was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of not registering as a sex offender and one misdemeanor count of obstruction. If convicted, he faces almost seven years in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers initiated a traffic stop at 3:10 p.m. last Friday at 16th Street and Highway 31. When police made contact with the driver of the car he used his relative’s name and said he had cancer. He also told officers his father was a retired police officer and that he was in the process of moving to Arizona.

Police say they matched a photo of the man and his tattoo – later identified as Bell – with the driver of the car. Bell’s relative declined to press charges, and when Bell was taken into custody, he said, “Man, I panicked.”

As a condition of his bond for a sexual assault conviction in 2000, Bell is not allowed to give another person’s name.

He remains in the Racine County Jail on a $250 cash bond. His next court date is March 11.