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Dervedia Thomas

Controversy stirred in Alabama over the state’s immigration law when the arrest of a German Mercedes-Benz executive made the headlines.

According to the Associated Press, the executive Detlev Hager, 46, was on business in the state when he was pulled over by police in his rental. Unable produce a driver’s license or another identity document,  he was taken into custody and placed in the Tuscaloosa city jail.

The case was later dismissed in municipal court when he was able to show the proper documentation.

Mercedes Benz is one of the state’s leading employers, and is credited with providing the impetus for the state’s large automotive industry, which includes foreign manufacturers Honda, Hyundai andToyota.

The article is good but it does not say how long the exec stayed in prison after being arrested nor did it have any quotes from the exec or his company.