The 46-year old executive was pulled over because his rental car did not have tags, and then he was not able to show identifications other than his German ID card. He was released after an associate presented his visa, passport and German driver’s license, which he left at the hotel.
The report from Tuscaloosa News also said that as soon as Gov. Robert Bentley heard about the arrest, he contacted State Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier to get information. Collier said that the call was not prompted by a Mercedes executive being arrested but it was a routine call to check on how the law is being implemented.
Tuscaloosa is where a Mercedes-Benz plant is, with the ML-, GL- and R-Class being manufactured there.