Massachusetts man Jason Duval offered a judge his new pair of Nike sneakers recently instead of bail money, and the judge accepted.
Duval was arrested on Jan. 1 after he failed to pay $450 to have charges dismissed on charges related to drug possession and driving to endanger. Judge Douglas Stoddart of Framingham District Court said Duval would either have to pay the fine from 2012 or spend a few days in jail.
“I’ll give you a chance to be creative,” Stoddart said. “If you can come up with a creative idea to convince me that you’ll come back, I’ll work with you.”
Though Duval admitted he didn’t have any money because he's going through a divorce, he didn’t want to spend time in jail. Instead, he offered Stoddart a pair of $85 Nike sneakers he had received for Christmas.
“OK, we’ll take them,” Stoddart said.
Duval must now pay $100 in four weekly installments to the court beginning Jan. 13, or serve 10 hours of community service, to get his shoes back. If Duval complies with the judge’s orders, his charges will be dropped.
Stoddart has participated in similarly unusual cases in the past. He also oversaw a case in which President Barack Obama's relative was charged with drunk driving. In a more recent case, he called for a delay in arraignment so a woman who threw meat products at police could undergo a mental health exam.