Thanks for arresting me

February 16, 2009 6:09:20 AM PST
Thanks for busting me.

That's Eric Delvonne Smith's reaction to his mistaken arrest and more than $77,000 lawsuit settlement.

The Pennsylvania man was jailed for three months and now says it was a blessing.

He was arrested while in a custody battle with the mother of his two sons.

A police officer wrote in court documents that Smith's fingerprints matched those of another Eric Smith wanted in Washington state.

Smith repeatedly insisted he was the wrong man.

The Press Enterprise of Bloomsburg reports a recheck of Smith's fingerprints eventually resulted in his release.

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