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Darrell Wall is escorted from provincial court after pleading guilty to a 25-year-old theft. (CBC )

A man who faked his brother's name when he got pulled over for impaired driving has wound up confessing to another crime that dates back a quarter of a century.

Darrell Wall admitted in provincial court on Thursday that he took part in breaking into a safe at the town hall in the Goulds in 1987.

Wall's past caught up with him when he was charged with impaired driving in April.

Wall also pleaded guilty to using his brother's name on a separate impaired driving charge in 2009.

The brother later learned he had mistakenly been given a criminal record.

The 1987 safe-break happened to have been investigated by then-Const. Robert Johnston, who is now the chief of police.

Wall was sentenced to about six months in jail. He is also prohibited from driving for four years.