Deputies: Man used false name during traffic stop

Nicholas Salvani

Nicholas Salvani

An East Naples man who is accused of giving Collier County sheriff's deputies a false name during a traffic stop was arrested after a deputy matched his face to prior mug shots and photos of his tattoos.

Around 11:40 p.m. Sunday, deputies stopped a white Lexus after its license plate came back to registered owner Nicholas John Salvani, 34, who had a suspended driver license.

During the traffic stop, the driver told deputies his name was Craig M. Salvani and said he was driving Nicholas Salvani's vehicle. The deputy told the driver he believed his name was Nicholas and went to look up his information through a law enforcement database, to which the driver replied, "Are you serious!" according to an arrest report.

The deputy matched the driver's face and tattoos to those of Nicholas Salvani. When he walked back to the car, the deputy said, "Hey Nick?" and the driver stated, "What?," implying that Nicholas was indeed his name.

While Salvani was being arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, deputies found a sandwich bag of 70 Xanax bars inside a golf bag in his car.

Salvani, of the 600 block of Pine Cone Lane, faces charges of driving with a suspended license, possession of a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance.

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