The firefighter’s tangled web

19029260_400x300After all the confusion regarding the story of the allegedly kidnapped Greenville County firefighter earlier this week, this news just broke.

Michael Polston, the man who said he was kidnapped at knife point, has been charged with filing a false police report. He is being arraigned at this hour at the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center.

After Polston’s claim, deputies tracked down the alleged kidnapper, Michael Brandenmeuhl, and arrested him on a parole violation. People in the know raised a lot of eyebrows when Brandenmeuhl wasn’t handed the pre-prepared warrants for kidnapping and armed robbery.

According to the press release:

“Polston voluntarily gave Brandenmeuhl a ride to several hotels on Tuesday night and then assisted with paying for his room by withdrawing money from an ATM. Polston also went to the Taco Casa and obtained change before dropping Brandenmeuhl off at the CVS on Wade Hampton Blvd. Brandenmeuhl will not be charged in connection with the case.”

Kudos to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office for staying on top of this one.

I’m not going to make any assumptions about what was going on that night between the hotels and the taco joint. Actually, I am, but I’m not going to write them.

The lesson here, folks, is this: No matter what kind of jam you get yourself in, one of the last things you want to do is concoct an elaborate tale that takes up the time of law enforcement officers who are already too busy and underpaid to put up with your silliness.

That is a long way of saying, I think Polston may have just secured his casting in the next commercial for Bad Idea Jeans.

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Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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6 Responses

  1. FiberDeviant says:

    how stupid! he should have to reimburse the city/county for all expenses incurred during this fiasco!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Love it … I wish I was out of the biz so I could write my thoughts on this one.

  3. Tim says:

    Ditto Stephanie. Good write-up, man! You still have news flowing through your veins. Deny it if you want, but it’s there.

    My best to the fam.

  4. Yeah, I knew as soon as I heard about the kidnapping in the first place.

    Craigslist ad meetup gone bad.

  5. Jim The Knife says:

    Must be a slow news week in Greenville. What a waste of newsprint.

  6. Da Goddess says:

    Well, what a tangled web. He should definitely have to repay the city for the extra work. And let me guess, he’s going to be suspended from duty as a firefighter, right? Please say yes.