Four months agoÂ Marine Reservist Andrew Paul Tahmooressi sat jailed in Mexico over taking a wrong turn with legal weapons in his vehicle. Now, he finds himself in jail once again. According toÂ reportsÂ Tahmooressi Â was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday by Twin City Police after a routine traffic stop on the 2008 Nissan Altima he was driving. He was charged with the misdemeanor traffic offenses of driving under the influence, reckless driving, improper passing and open container violation, according to Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy, Rocky Davis.
â€œThey said he was running 70, 80 miles an hour when he come through here,â€Police Chief Johnny LaneÂ said.
According to law enforcement, he was traveling by the police station in downtown Twin City, which has a speed limit of 35 miles per hour.
â€œHe said he had a lot on his mind, that he and his girlfriend had just broke up,â€ said Lane.
Police said Tahmooressi had an open beer in the car. He refused a breathalyzer test and was released on bond Thursday afternoon. Surveillance video showed Tahmooressi running from the Emanuel County Jail to avoid a news camera.
Jonathan Franks, the spokesman for Tahmooressi, made several posts to Twitter about Wednesday night’s arrest.
â€œ[This] must be seen in the context of one who continues to struggle with PTSD,â€ Franks said via Twitter.
He went on to say, “We are aware that Andrew Tahmooressi is under arrest for various traffic related offenses. The family again reminds all he is suffering from a significant mental illness and respectfully requests privacy. We all remain committed to getting him the help he needs.”
According to the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office, Tahmooressi has no prior U.S. criminal history. He was freed on a $4,000 bond.