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OKLAHOMA - A bad check turns a metro man’s Thanksgiving upside down.

Joseph Mackie spent the holiday weekend in jail for a warrant that was more than 20 years old.

Thanksgiving day, Mackie and his son were headed to visit family, when they were pulled over by police in McIntosh County.

"They came and got my son's license, who was driving at the time and, then, while in the process, they asked me for my license, which I felt was a little unusual, but I complied," Mackie said.

When the officer returned from running it, Mackie got unexpected news.

"Came up to me, and asked me to get out and put me under arrest for an old warrant," Mackie told NewsChannel 4.

Mackie was booked into jail for a $25 bogus check he wrote back in 1992 in Canadian County.

"It was depressing," Mackie said. “It was like how did I get here?”

Because of the holiday, he spent five days in jail, until he could see a judge.

Mackie said he is relieved to be out on bond but is upset about missing out on Thanksgiving with his family over something he feels was insignificant.

"His feelings are perfectly understandable, but the fact that he was charged with a crime, even if it was in 1992, the warrant was still active," said Ed Blau, a legal analyst.

Blau said it is an officer’s duty to take people with outstanding warrants into custody.

"This is a situation where, if you believe that there's something in your past that could be there whether a missed court date, whether you didn't pay your court cost or whatever, it's much better just to check that and go in and get it taken care of," Blau said.

Mackie said, if he would have known about the warrant, he would have taken care of it.

Now, he is just hoping for a change in the system.

"Change in how we do business, as far as dealing with people. I mean we've got to get another way out. We can't let them sit in jails and lose their jobs based the fact that they had something of insignificance," Mackie said.

Blau said it is up to the district attorney to dismiss charges.

You can check to see if you have an outstanding warrant on OSCN.net.