A Republican politician who was arrested for removing signs for his opponent out of people's yards was reportedly bailed out of jail by the same opponent.
Tennessee State Rep. Curry Todd was arrested after a video recording showed him pulling signs for Mark Lovell, his opponent in a primary later in August, out of yards, and then throwing the signs into the trunk of his car. After his arrest, Lovell bailed Todd out of jail, according to the Daily Mail.
The video was released in July by Lovell's campaign, and Todd acknowledged he was the man filmed, but claimed the property owner had given him permission to remove the signs.
"Yes, I did pick up the signs the other day, and I took 'em," Todd, 68, told The Commercial Appeal. "I wasn't trying to hide anything. It was daylight."
"I got permission to put my signs up," Todd added. "And they told me if [Lovell] puts them up, you can take them down or have someone else take them down."
Sheriff's Office spokesman Earle Farrell said authorities had to arrest Todd after he failed to come in for questioning after the video was released.
"It's like my Daddy always said: 'Don't make me come get ya.' And Curry Todd forced us to come get him," said Farrell. "He could have come in very easily and taken care of this and it wouldn't have come to this."
Lovell, who posted the bail of $100, said he decided to bail the lawmaker out after he received a call informing him that Todd had been arrested.
"Someone called me and said 'Curry Todd is still in jail and nobody's posted his bond yet.' I thought, we don't need our state representative in jail. He can get out and the judge can decide what to do about it later," said Lovell, who added that he didn't know if he would get the $100 back from Todd.
"It's like lending money to your nephews," said Lovell. "You don't expect to get it back. I figured it was a good deed."
In 2013, Todd pleaded guilty to gun charges and drunk driving, and received a 48-hour jail sentence, along with having his firearms taken away for one year. He was also arrested in 2011 for failing a roadside sobriety test as well as keeping a loaded gun next to him in the driver's seat.
Todd will face Lovell, along with Diane George and Dana Matheny, in the upcoming primary for East Shelby County.