BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA-TV) — A case of mistaken identity caused a Louisiana woman to leave her honeymoon in handcuffs and spend 36 hours in the New Orleans jail before it was sorted out.
Sara Saucier of Ponchatoula was on a cruise ship returning from a trip to Cozumel with her new husband when U.S. customs agents pounded on her door, accusing her of not returning a leased vehicle in November 2017. But officials had the wrong person.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office detective who filed the warrant logged the birth date of the wrong Sara Saucier.
The mistake went unnoticed for 36 hours, as Saucier sat in the Orleans Parish Jail. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux apologized for the error and says he will work to improve safeguards.