The Beverly Hills Police Mistake A Random Junkie For Scott Weiland
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From what we understand, the tour bus of a '90s grunge band was essentially a mobile opium den with a flannel motif. And even in this scene, Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was notorious as a guy who took things too far. He had so much heroin in his bodily fluids that over half his groupies were later torn apart by drug-sniffing dogs.
Theo Wargo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images "My blood is legally a Schedule 1 narcotic!"
In 2014, the Beverly Hills police arrested a man for shoplifting razors from a Rite Aid. It turns out he was also carrying meth, so they arrested him even harder. He told police he was STP's Scott Weiland, which they had no trouble believing, since Scott Weiland's body was the mailing address for most California meth.
"Scott" spent four weeks in prison, because he couldn't afford bail. This might've been suspicious, given his bands' album sales and world tours, but the BHPD still put out a press release headlined "Celebrity Arrest." TMZ ran the story, and no one was too surprised.
Well, except for Weiland himself.
Troy Augusto/Hulton Archive/Getty Images We presume. It's also possible he was high enough to just roll with it.
He posted a video on Facebook announcing that he was in the studio recording a new album and quite certain he wasn't in jail. When TMZ contacted the cops, they insisted their prisoner was "definitely" still there. Still, they were starting to realize something wasn't right. They finally double-checked their prisoner's fingerprints and discovered he was not world-famous musician Scott Weiland. On a related hunch, three of the officers went home that night to also discover their wives were not the real Jennifer Lopez.
It turned out their jailed drug offender was some guy named Jason Michael Hurley. And to the cops' credit, he looked pretty similar to Weiland.
Via Alternativenation.net, Vince Bucci/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images "Jason is the one on the left. Or is he? You know, we'd better arrest them both to be sure."