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North Carolina man arrested over rented VHS tape 14 years overdue

Reuters

A wanted North Carolina man was arrested this week on charges he failed to return a VHS tape to a video store 14 years ago, police said on Thursday.

James Meyers, 37, of Concord, was driving his daughter to school when he was pulled over by police for a broken brake light, according to a video Meyers posted on YouTube on Tuesday.

Meyers said officers ran his driver’s license and told him he had an outstanding arrest warrant for not returning a movie to J&J Video in Salisbury, North Carolina.

“The guy brings me to the back of the car and he goes: ‘Sir, I don’t know how to tell you this, but there’s a warrant out for your arrest from 2002. Apparently you rented a movie, “Freddy Got Fingered” and you never returned it,’ ” Meyers said in the video, appearing dumbfounded.

The Concord Police Department confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday, saying the warrant was issued on Feb. 28, 2002, by the now closed video store and signed by a magistrate.

Police said instead of arresting Meyers at the scene, they allowed him to go to the police department later in the day to be served the warrant.

Police then took Meyers in handcuffs to the Cabarrus County Magistrates Office. He is required to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of failure to return hired property, police said.

Meyers is scheduled to appear in court on April 27, local media reported. Meyers could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Comedian Tom Green, star of the 2001 film “Freddy Got Fingered,” tweeted on Wednesday night: “I just saw this and I am struggling to believe it is real.”