Felony charge dropped against Iraqi veteran accused of stealing - WRBL

Felony charge dropped against Iraqi veteran accused of stealing own car

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MOBILE, Ala. -

A Iraqi war veteran and University of South Alabama student who got arrested by campus police for stealing his own car has had the charges dropped.

John Campbell was arrested by USA police when his 1977 Lincoln broke down on campus. He said an officer pulled a gun on him and his car was eventually impounded for 13 days with all of his school work and laptop inside.

His vehicle was reported stolen several years ago and even though the case was cleared it remained in the police system as a stolen car.

WKRG, a TV news station in Mobile, took his story to Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich, who had all the charges dropped. She said she would work with Campbell to have his arrest removed from his record. "There are a lot of things, a lot of balls that got dropped in this case," Rich said.

Campbell was happy with the outcome. "They actually got everything thrown out so I don't have to go to the court date. So I'm pleased about that also and told them thank you also." A company even towed his car back to his Prichard home free of charge.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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