TWIN CITY, Ga. – A U.S. Marine and Afghanistan war veteran who made headlines after being held in a Mexican prison is in trouble with the law back here at home.
His family says the 25-year-old had just moved to the area to get treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder.
In a statement to U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, Tahmooressi said, “I accidentally drove into Mexico with 3 guns… a rifle (AR-15), a .45 cal pistol and a 12 gauge pump shotgun with no intensions (sic) on being in Mexico or being involved in any criminal activities. I have rights to all 3 weapons. They are under my name… Please help me.”
He spent seven months in a Mexican jail before being released.
However, Tahmooressi was arrested in Georgia on charges of DUI refusal and reckless driving.
A family spokesperson says Tahmooressi is dealing with a “significant mental illness,” and that they are committed to helping him.