Whoops. Officer’s spelling error lands teen in handcuffs

An RCMP officer's spelling error accidentally landed an 18-year-old in handcuffs last Saturday. With his mother in the passenger seat, Jason van der Meer was on the way to his 18th birthday party when he was pulled over for having a radar detector on his

An RCMP officer’s spelling error accidentally landed an 18-year-old in handcuffs last Saturday.

With his mother in the passenger seat, Jordan van der Meer was on the way to his 18th birthday party when he was pulled over for having a radar detector on his dashboard.

Van der Meer couldn’t produce his driver’s licence, he’d left it somewhere else.

The officer called in van der Meer’s name.

Through a misspelling, he turned up records for another individual

– an individual without a driver’s licence.

“He took me out of the vehicle, handcuffed me and threw me in the back of the (police) car,” said van der Meer.

Before the police car pulled away – leaving van der Meer’s stunned mother at the side of the road – the officer realized his error.

“He sort of said he was sorry,” said van der Meer.