Obiwan Kenobi Charged With Felony; Causes 5-Car Accident

A man in California, who legally changed his name to Obiwan Kenobi, was allegedly responsible for a 5-car accident in which he fled the scene, the Auburn Press Tribune reported.

Turns out, the 37-year-old Star Wars fan was already wanted on an outstanding misdemeanor petty theft charge. He was charged with a felony for his role in the hit-and-run.

Kenobi, named after Obi-Wan Kenobi, was born Benjamin Cale Feit. He changed his name as part of a radio station contest back in 1999. Perhaps Benjamin should have heed the advice of Yoda when he clearly stated:

“Told you I did. Reckless is he. Now, matters are worse.”

Matters are significantly worse now that Feit has been caught perpetrating yet another criminal act as he fled the scene of an accident that he induced. Kenobi was released by authorities on Thursday after having allocated five days of his life in jail. He was released without bail and his court appearance was scheduled for April 30.


Yahoo News reported that the hit-and-run charge may have taken the trophy for “biggest accident in Kenobi’s life” away from his prior decision to associate himself with The Phantom Menace by changing his name to Obiwan Kenobi.

The arrest record indicates Obiwan was arrested by the Roseville Police Department and charged with a hit and run. He was booked on 4/21/2012 and later released on 4/26/2012. His custody status reads “Pre-Trial EMP Release.”

What are your thoughts on this odd individual’s decision to legally change his name to reference a character from the epic Star Wars series, Obiwan Kenobi?