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Published On: Fri, Jun 29th, 2012

Portales woman, Lori Teel arrested and handcuffed for overdue ‘Twilight’ book

This is a story right out of the Seinfeld episode featuring Joe Bookman as the Library cop.

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A Portales, NM woman was arrested and handcuffed in front of her small children earlier this month for the aggregious offense of overdue library materials.

Lori Teel spent one night in jail because of $35.98 worth of library materials allegedly taken out and not returned according to an Albuquerque Journal report. The overdue material included the book “Twilight” and two-DVD set “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”.

According to the report:

The overdue library fine led to a summons for Teel to appear in Portales Municipal Court, according to the claim. A municipal court judge issued warrants for Teel’s arrest last year after she failed to appear in court, but the summons and warrants were mailed to an address at which Teel hadn’t lived since childhood, and she never received any notices, she and her attorney say.

Teel was arrested June 12 by officers investigating a disturbance, according to her attorney, Eric Dixon of Portales. Teel said officers arrived at Teal’s home that evening in response to allegations that her husband had assaulted someone.

While there, officers realized there was a warrant for her arrest.

Teel’s five children, all under the age of 10, had the displeasure of seeing this arrest unfold in front of their own eyes. They stayed a neighbor’s home until Teel was released the following morning on $610 bond.

The charges were later dismissed by the Portales City Attorney.

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