News of a Freddy Got Fingered arrest went viral on Thursday. James Meyers Jr. from North Carolina was arrested on Tuesday after police pulled him over and found a warrant for Meyers’ arrest that dated all the way back to 2002. The warrant had been issued 14 years ago when Meyers failed to return the Freddy Got Fingered VHS rental to a video store.
Meyers recounted his Freddy Got Fingered arrest to all of his Facebook friends via a YouTube video he made on Tuesday. According to Meyers, he didn’t feel like typing the entire story out as a Facebook post, so he figured he would just make a video instead.
Said Meyers in the video, “Honestly, you really can’t make up what I’m about to tell you.”
Meyers went on to say that on the morning of March 22, he was stopped by a Concord, North Carolina, police officer as he drove his 10-year-old daughter to school. The routine traffic stop was originally for a broken brake light but turned into much more than that when the officer discovered the 37-year-old Concord caterer and DJ had a warrant out for his arrest.
Meyers reportedly thought the officer was joking when he was told he had an active arrest warrant from 2002.
“Apparently you rented the movie Freddy Got Fingered and never returned it,” said the officer.
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That warrant was reportedly not served when it was issued 14 years ago for Meyers failing to return the 2001 American comedy film, Freddy Got Fingered, to a video store. The lengthy VHS rental of what is considered one of the worst films of all time ultimately landed Meyers in handcuffs when he later showed up at the Concord police station to get served.
WSOC-TV out of Charlotte, North Carolina, reports Meyers’ arrest before entering the magistrate’s office was just standard procedure. Meyers said it was the first time he’s ever been put in handcuffs. Meyers also said he’s been pulled over more than once since the warrant was issued 14 years ago, but it only just surfaced during Tuesday’s stop and took the officer 25 long minutes to confirm.
The warrant showed as still active in North Carolina’s NCAWARE, the state’s electronic warrant repository, and was signed by J&J’s Video in Salisbury, North Carolina, on February 28, 2002. The video store has since closed, but Meyers’ warrant remained active as a valid arrest warrant out of Rowan County, North Carolina, for failure to return rental property, a misdemeanor charge that will land Meyers in court on April 27.
Meyers said he only vaguely remembers renting the 87-minute, R-rated Tom Green comedy, Freddy Got Fingered, from the J&J’s Video store in Kannapolis, North Carolina, when he was only 23-years-old. WSOC-TV broke the news of Meyers’ arrest on Wednesday night. By Thursday, the Freddy Got Fingered arrest had gone viral online.
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Comedian Tom Green, 44, even acknowledged that Meyers’ arrest was an example of how bureaucracy can get out of control. Green became aware of the Freddy Got Fingered arrest after the story went viral on Twitter with Green’s username tagged in several of those posts.
“I just saw this and I am struggling to believe it is real,” said Green Wednesday night on Twitter.
Meyers hopes his charges will just be dismissed in April, but Green said he can put a good word in with the court and even pay Meyers’ fine if it’s not too outrageous.
According to Meyers, the officer acted politely and professionally during Tuesday’s traffic stop, allowing Meyers to take his daughter on to school and go to work on good faith that he would turn himself in later that day. But, Meyers says the officer’s time spent on his Freddy Got Fingered arrest should have been focused elsewhere on more important crimes.
“That hour the cops sat out there with me, the hour and a half I was down in the magistrate’s office, could have been spent somewhere else.”
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