Former lead man for the Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland, has been in jail for almost a month, or at least that is what the Beverly Hills Police believed all that time. That belief came to a screeching halt when the real Scott Weiland came forward.
The real Weiland read the news that he had been incarcerated for all that time and released a video as proof to his fans that he was not in jail, according to the Huffington Post on Aug. 22. He called it a “lie” and said that he wasn’t even arrested, never mind sent to jail.
MSN News today reports that Weiland threatens to sue TMZ for running the story that the singer was in jail. On the video, which was released by the real Weiland, he said he had been touring and writing music the past month and not in a cell. The article that TMZ ran stated that Weiland was arrested for shoplifting razors and that when he was searched, methamphetamine was reportedly found on his person.
As of Thursday the Beverly Hills Police Department reported that they “definitely” had Scott Weiland, the former lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots in their jail. Later that day they discovered the error of their ways and they are now saying they definitely do not have Scott Weiland incarcerated, it is someone else who looks like him and who gave false information to the police.
One might think this is a big embarrassment to the Beverly Hills Police Department, who thought they had a celeb in their midst all that time. On Aug 21, the police discovered through the FBI fingerprint return that they didn’t have the former Stone Temple Pilot front man in their jail, they had a 44-year-old imposter.
Considering this guy was arrested on July 26, you might think that they would have double check his fingerprints by now because all he did was give police verbal information on who he was. Police said he was able to provide Weiland’s correct date of birth, which is easily found online.
It is not as if he had identification saying that this is who he is. Apparently he looked enough like Weiland, whose picture is just a Google click away for anyone wanting to obtain his image.
Police were called to a Rite Aid Pharmacy on July 26 with a report that there was a man in their store shoplifting. The police arrested the man who identified himself as Weiland. He remained in jail under that false name for almost a month until the real rocker heard about this. While the guy is still in jail today, he is now incarcerated under his real name, Jason Michael Hurley.
The Beverly Hills Police Department “quickly released a statement” explaining how this mix up occurred:
"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."
Police, now knowing they made a mistake, have charged Jason Michael Hurley with furnishing officers with false information.