Mercedes manager from Germany arrested in Alabama

November 18, 2011 - 7:20 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Police say a German executive with Mercedes-Benz is free after being arrested under Alabama's strict new law targeting illegal immigrants.

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson tells The Associated Press an officer stopped a rental vehicle for not having a tag on Wednesday. Anderson says the man only had a German identification card, so he was arrested and taken to police headquarters.

The chief says the 46-year-old was charged with not having proper identification. He was released after an associate retrieved his passport, visa and German driver's license from his hotel.

Anderson says the outcome of the court case isn't clear. He identifies the driver as a member of Mercedes' management team. The carmaker builds SUVs at a plant in nearby Vance.