It was ‘all good’ and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimmy Wayne [/lastfm]was having a great time in Mexico, when things took a major turn for the worse. You definitely do not want to get into trouble with the police in Mexico and end up in jail, which nearly happened to Jimmy. Pretty scary stuff!
OMG! is what Jimmy was thinking when he realized he might miss the boarding of the cruise ship he was on, after a ‘day trip’ stop in Cozumel Mexico. Jimmy tells AOL’s The Boot: “When you’re on a boat for two or three days, you’re ready to do something … get on your feet and explore, the first thing I saw was an Avis rent-a-car. I got a convertible jeep for the afternoon, and I was driving around having a good time. I found a Starbucks and a Mexican restaurant, and I had some amazing food.”
What Jimmy failed to remember was “boat time” and “land time” had an hour difference. “I realized that it was almost 4:00 which meant it was almost 5:00 according to the ‘boat time,'” says Jimmy, who at that point gathered his things to head back to the ship. “The first rule on the ship is that it will leave at 5:00; if you’re not on the ship, it will leave without you.”
[pullquote quote=”This police officer walked up to the jeep, and he said, ‘Follow me to jail.’ I started laughing a little bit because I thought he was kidding.” credit=”Jimmy Wayne in Mexico”]Jimmy found himself back on the deserted roads driving through the overgrown weeds working his way back to the rental car office. When he got closer into town, Jimmy was pulled over by the local police who clocked him speeding. “This police officer walked up to the jeep, and he said, ‘Follow me to jail.’ I started laughing a little bit because I thought he was kidding.”
When Jimmy realized that it was now 4:00 “land time,” he knew that getting to the ship was crucial. “I asked the officer how much it was going to cost to let me go. He told me $100, which I did not have. I told him I had $15. He said, ‘Give me your $50.’ When I explained to him that I said $15, not $50, he searched my passport wallet, my pockets and the car to see if I had any more money than that.”
The officer settled for Jimmy’s $15 and didn’t say anything else to the singer. “I just pushed the gas and drove off at that point,” Jimmy recalls. “The police just sat there in their car and didn’t do anything else.”
Like a scene out of the movies, Jimmy pulled up to the Avis office, which was closed, tossed the keys in the drop box, and bolted on foot to the ship. “I could hear the boat horn blowing, and I realized the boat was leaving. I could see everyone on the boat yelling and waving to me, yelling, ‘Run, Jimmy, run!’ It was the second time this year that I truly felt like ‘Forrest Gump’ (the first being when Jimmy walked from Nashville, Tenn. to Phoenix, Ariz. on his Meet Me Halfway campaign for homeless youth). I remember thinking, ‘If I can just make it to the ship …’ I didn’t think I was going to make it.”
Thank God he made it out of there and avoided arrest & jail. He could have been living [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tim McGraw[/lastfm]’s Refried Dreams!
Have YOU ever been pulled over in Mexico or another foreign country? What happened?