A New Hampshire man on a Caribbean cruise along with his girlfriend was compelled to chop his trip quick after police boarded the ship in Florida and accused him of stealing a Hertz rental automotive.

Charles Doucette was arrested on the spot and brought to jail for what he calls false accusations of automotive theft.

“That is essentially the most horrific expertise of my life,” Doucette instructed CBS Information from Florida’s Brevard County Jail.

Doucette, a top-tier Hertz President’s Circle member, mentioned the scenario stems from a enterprise rental early final yr. He claims he correctly prolonged the rental, however Hertz filed a police report saying the car had been stolen. He was pulled over in Arizona and the automotive was towed, CBS reported. Afterward, Hertz charged his bank card for the total rental, Doucette mentioned.

Months glided by after which in August, Doucette was indicted by a grand jury and ordered to look in court docket in Arizona after prosecutors there charged the case primarily based off Hertz’s police report, in accordance with CBS.

Doucette mentioned he filed paperwork so he would not have to look in particular person, however he instructed CBS he is undecided what occurred at court docket. In any occasion, the scenario led to his arrest on February 11.

Hertz didn’t reply to questions on Doucette’s case however issued an announcement to CBS saying “conditions the place automobiles are reported to the authorities are very uncommon and occur solely after exhaustive makes an attempt to achieve the shopper.”

Doucette is predicted to spend a minimal of 10 days in jail whereas awaiting extradition to Arizona. Within the meantime, his legal professional has reached out to Hertz asking for assist getting him out of jail.

“Hertz refuses to right a police report after they’ve discovered funds [were] made, after they’ve discovered the automotive’s been returned or after they’ve discovered there’s inaccuracies,” Legal professional Francis Alexander Malofiy instructed CBS.

In December, a lawsuit with round 180 plaintiffs was filed in opposition to Hertz, alleging that the corporate falsely reported its rental vehicles stolen for years, as a part of its common enterprise follow that burdened prospects with “prison information that affect their livelihoods, and separating them from their household and family members.” Some prospects have been arrested, some confronted felony costs and others have been stopped by police for driving vehicles they legally rented from the corporate.