TWO identical twins have been arrested after one of them took the place of his brother for a driving licence examination in Spain.
The investigation was started when officials in charge of the exams became suspicious about the true identity of a student who had taken the theoretical knowledge tests to obtain his class B driving licence.
They called the Guardia Civil who went to the classroom and asked the student to identify himself. He had provided a national identity card with which he claimed to be a 19-year-old resident of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Taking no chances, the Guardia Civil took his fingerprints and, after being analysed by the Crime Laboratory, discovered that he was not the holder of the ID card, but his twin brother, a resident of Arrecife, who had travelled to Gran Canaria to take the exam for his brother.
As twins their fingerprints are similar, but do have key differences which enabled the Crime Laboratory to tell them apart.
Both twins have been released with charges and ordered to appear before a court in las Palmas de Gran Canaria.