A shoplifter who was recently arrested by police in Beverly Hills was able to convince the entire police department that he was a famous rock musician for almost a whole month. Late last month, 44-year-old Jason Michael Hurley was arrested with meth near a Rite Aid that he had reportedly stolen from.
When police arrived on the scene, they could not find any identification on Hurley, but he insisted that he was rock musician Scott Weiland. He must have looked somewhat like Weiland, because the police booked him under that name and held him in jail for nearly a month without looking into it any deeper.
Entertainment news source TMZ somehow learned that someone of that name was sitting in a Beverly Hills jail, so they published a report stating that Scott Weiland was locked up. Weiland quickly heard about the report, and posted a video to his Facebook page showing his fans that he was in fact a free man.
“I just got done reading something very interesting. A nice piece of fiction saying I was in jail and have been for months. I’ve actually been touring, writing and recording, this is the studio we’re in right now. So all I have to say to our fans is don’t worry, don’t fret, it’s a lie,” Weiland said in the Facebook video.
Weiland also threatened legal action against TMZ, which quickly prompted someone at the website to call the police station back to find out why they were originally provided with that information.
According to TMZ, when they called they were told by the police that, “He is definitely in custody. We did a physical check on that inmate and he is currently in custody.”
However, not long after that phone call, the police department released the following statement:
“On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at approximately 9:34 a.m., the Beverly Hills Police Department received a call of a shoplift that had just occurred at the Rite Aid in the 400 Block of N. Bedford Drive. Police units ultimately arrested a suspect for that crime. Upon arrest, the suspect identified himself as former Stone Temple Pilots band member Scott Weiland. The suspect was taken into custody for Burglary (459 P.C.) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (11377 H & S Code).
On Thursday, August 21, 2014, Beverly Hills Police discovered through an FBI Fingerprint Return that the subject arrested was not Scott Weiland. The fingerprint return positively identified the individual as Jason Michael Hurley (44 years of age). Beverly Hills Police will be requesting an additional criminal filing on Hurley for 148.9 (a) P.C. – Furnishing False Information to a Peace Officer. Records will be updated to properly reflect this information.”
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.