March 25, 2016

Another reason to stay away from North Carolina

NBC - Like the rest of America, North Carolina man James Meyers Jr. had forgotten about the 2001 Tom Green flick "Freddy Got Fingered" — a movie so bad that Roger Ebert likened it to a "vomitorium" in his zero-star review.

But memories of the stomach-churning comedy came flooding back to Meyers this week, when he was unexpectedly arrested after police discovered a warrant for failing to return a VHS rental to a local video store — way back in 2002.

The Concord Police Department fingered Meyers, a 37-year-old caterer and DJ, on Tuesday, after he was stopped for a busted brake light while driving his 10-year-old daughter to school.

He said he didn't know he had any warrants out for his arrest until the police officer asked him to get out of the car.

The officer didn't arrest Meyers at the scene, but told him to come to the station to be served with the arrest warrant. When he showed up, he was handcuffed at the magistrate's office — standard procedures, Concord police said in a news release.

Meyers must appear in court on April 27 for failure to return rental property, a misdemeanor. The rental store, called J&J's Video, is no longer in business.

"They're not here catching heroin dealers. They're chasing people for movie rentals from places that don't even exist anymore," Meyers said. "That blows my mind."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Of course, one can only wonder by what criteria a simple misdemeanor offense, from over a decade and a half ago, is able to reach beyond the grave of the statute of limitations and drag this poor hapless soul down into the hell of bureaucratic overreach. North Carolina General Code 15-1 states, in relevant part, that "[p]rosecution for all other [i.e., non-malicious] misdemeanors must be brought within TWO YEARS [emphasis added]." The cop who arrested this sap is guilty of false arrest. I surely hope that Mr. Myers has secured competent counsel to bring suit against these incompetent fools.