Andrew Tahmooressi is behind bars once again, for reasons you may not expect. As you may recall, U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was imprisoned after allegedly taking a wrong turn into Mexico while in possession of several guns.
Though the firearms were legally purchased and carried while he was in America, Mexican authorities took the weapons and charged Tahmooressi, beginning a nearly seven-month jail sentence. More from Western Journalism:
While locked up, Tahmooressi’s case became increasingly popular fodder for debate. Advocates including veteran and broadcaster Montel Williams urged Mexican officials to release the Marine based on his lack of access to adequate treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Ultimately, a Mexican judge decided to release him, at which time he largely fell off the radar for most news outlets. Headlines bearing his name returned this week, however, following his latest arrest – this time in Twin City, Ga.
Nearly a year after he was taken into the custody of Mexican authorities, police pulled Tahmooressi over for allegedly passing vehicles improperly. Upon further investigation, officers reported finding an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. When asked to perform a sobriety test at the scene, police say he refused.
The arrest reportedly took place Wednesday evening and was confirmed by family spokesperson Jonathan Franks in the following statement:
“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.”
I hope he does get the help he needs, and stays out of jail. This is clearly a cry for help and as a veteran, who went through a hugely traumatic situation, he deserves all he can get.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie
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