Ah to be a Rock star; fame, glamour, money. Unless of course your name is Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots. After a lengthy career marked by band splits, failed reunions, drug use, and being sued by your former bandmates, it's perhaps unsurprising to police when they arrest you for shoplifting and possession of crystal meth. A month later and you're still in the slammer, unable to make $95,000 in bail.
What happens then, when you post a video online refuting the fact that you're languishing in an LA jail cell?
The answer, it seems, is the Beverly Hills Police start a proper investigation into who it is still sitting in their jail...
On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at approximately 9:34 a.m., the Beverly Hills Police Department received a call of a shoplift that had just occurred at the Rite Aid in the 400 Block of N. Bedford Drive. Police units ultimately arrested a suspect for that crime. Upon arrest, the suspect identified himself as former Stone Temple Pilots band member Scott Weiland. The suspect was taken into custody for Burglary (459 P.C.) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (11377 H & S Code).Not so long ago Weiland was upset about being replaced in Stone Temple Pilots by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. Does everybody secretly want to be Scott Weiland? Perhaps he should take it as an opportunity and start monetising the apparent desire to impersonate him with a series of 'cut-out-and-keep' masks.
On Thursday, August 21, 2014, Beverly Hills Police discovered through an FBI Fingerprint Return that the subject arrested was not Scott Weiland. The fingerprint return positively identified the individual as Jason Michael Hurley (44 years of age). Beverly Hills Police will be requesting an additional criminal filing on Hurley for 148.9 (a) P.C. – Furnishing False Information to a Peace Officer. Records will be updated to properly reflect this information.