A Virginia man spent four hours in jail after purchasing a Chevrolet Traverse from Priority Chevrolet in Chesapeake, VA. The dealer’s sales staff accidentally sold the SUV to Danny Sawyer for $5,600 less than they should have, and when Sawyer refused to sign a new, more expensive contract for the correct amount, the dealership called the local police alleging the buyer had stolen the vehicle. Law enforcement then picked Sawyer up and held him for four hours before getting the situation straight.
Dennis Ellmer, president of Priority Chevrolet, says he owes Sawyer an apology on behalf of the dealership, and had intended to do right by the buyer by letting him have the vehicle at the agreed-upon price. But Sawyer’s lawyer says it’s a little too late for saying, ‘sorry.’ The briefly-incarcerated owner has filed two lawsuits against the dealer, accusing the business of malicious prosecution, slander, defamation and abuse of process. All told, the suits seek a total of $2.2 million in damages, plus attorney fees. That $5,600 seems awfully cheap now.
The lawsuit says Sawyer originally purchased a blue Traverse on May 7, but took the SUV back the next day for a black one. The dealer’s sales manager made the swap, allegedly without saying anything about a price differential between the two. Either way, Sawyer signed a final contract for around $34,000 when the vehicle he took home had an actual price of closer to $39,000. On June 15, Sawyer was taken into custody by police, but the Commonwealth dropped the charges after finding insufficient evidence to pursue the case.
When Warren Michael III was pulled over by a Clay County, Fla. Sheriff’s deputy under suspicion of DUI, he offered up an excuse that the officer probably never heard before: There was a squirrel under Michael’s shirt and it was eating him.
Michael was pulled over after a motorist called the Sheriff’s office to report a reckless driver, according to WTLV. The deputy followed Michael’s car and pulled him over after witnessing the car cross over onto the grass shoulder and almost hit a stopped car head on.
When the officer reached the window, Michael immediately explained that his pet squirrel was eating him, pointing to a small rodent wrapped up in his shirt.
The deputy also noticed the scent of alcohol on Michael’s breath and that he was talking rapidly, slurring his speech and using a lot of profanity. After Michael couldn’t produce his license or registration, he was taken out of the vehicle — after being asked to secure the squirrel — and given a field sobriety test.
He was subsequently arrested for DUI and police called his girlfriend to take possession of the car…and the squirrel. Michael was cited for DUI and driving without a seat belt.