CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man says he was arrested for failing to return a VHS tape that he rented in 2002.
James Meyers told Fox 46 WJZY in an exclusive live interview that he does not remember renting the tape or visiting the video store involved. There is a possibility this could be a mistaken identity, according to Meyers' lawyer.
Meyers says he was driving his daughter to school Tuesday, March 22 when a police officer pulled him over for a defective tail light.
He says the officer told him there was a warrant out for his arrest from 2002, because Meyers had rented the movie "Freddy Got Fingered" starring Tom Green and never returned it.
The warrant was issued on Feb 22, 2002 by J&J Video in Salisbury, North Carolina. The warrant, which was signed by a magistrate, directs law enforcement officials to arrest the person and take them before a judicial official without unnecessary delay to answer to the charges.
Meyers says the officer let him take his daughter to school and go to work, as long as he promised to turn himself in to the police department later that day.
Meyers showed media outlets the arrest warrant on Wednesday. He was booked on a charge of failure to return rental property.
Meyers was transported to the Cabarrus County Jail, where he was brought before Magistrate Bogar and released on a written promise to appear in court.
Tom Green who is shooting a show in Australia called Meyers after he saw his first interview with a local station.
Meyers said Green apologized and told him he would help him do whatever he could.
The incident has gone national and Meyers said Netflix offered him a year subscription and offered to send him a DVD of "Freddy Got Fingered" that he would never have to return.
Meyers will appear in court April 27th.