Alabama’s touchy immigration laws resulted in the arrest of a Mercedes-Benz executive who remains unnamed at this time. The Associated Press revealed that the German executive was stopped when driving a rental car that did not have tags and was then arrested and brought to police headquarters when he failed to provide the Alabama police officer with anything other than a German ID.
Only later was the executive released when an associate came to provide the authorities with his passport, visa, and German driver’s license from the hotel the German exec stayed at.
Mercedes-Benz has quite a presence in the state of Alabama since it first began to build vehicles in Tuscaloosa in 1993. Currently, the Mercedes-Benz facility produces the ML and R-Class vehicles. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley was said to have contacted State Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier for details the moment he was aware of the incident. Mercedes-Benz spokesperson Felyicia Jerald said the incident was “unfortunate” but assured it was resolved.