Woman Jailed 53 Days in Name Mixup

Her crime: Having the same first name as someone else
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2011 6:06 PM CDT
File photo of a jail cell.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – That Fargo line of "I'm not sure that I agree with you 100% on your police work there, Lou" applies here in a big way: When Teresa Culpepper called to report a missing truck, officers arrived at her house and promptly arrested her on charges of aggravated assault, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The problem is they confused her with someone else named Teresa—not even another Teresa Culpepper, just another Teresa—and she wound up spending 53 days in jail.

“Her birth date didn't match. Her address didn't match. Her description didn't match. Other than the name Teresa, nothing matched,” says her attorney. She got out when a public defender had the assault victim come to court and say Culpepper was not the accused attacker. Culpepper's attorney promises a lawsuit unless the city offers a settlement.

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