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Jake Owen Issues Apology Following Run-In With the Law

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Following a long night out in his hometown of Vero Beach, Fla. on Cinco de Mayo — which ultimately ended with him being cuffed and detained by policeJake Owen took to Twitter Sunday morning to apologize for the comments he made while he was worked up about the incident.

“Y’all I apologize,” Owen wrote to his 180,000-plus followers on the social media site. “The [Indian River County] Sheriff was doing their job. I love hometown [sic]. I had too good of a time on Cinco de Mayo. I want to publicly apologize again for bringing to light a situation that I overreacted to.”

The ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ singer is likely referring to the tweets posted to his page late Saturday night, in which he detailed what happened and said, “you give a guy a gun and a badge and he thinks he’s John Wayne.” Several of the messages have since been deleted.

“I embarrassed myself and my family and most importantly the great people of my hometown,” he continued in his apology on Sunday. “The Sheriffs were doing their jobs and I made an immature decision to announce it to the world. This is me talking. Not some puppet that is reciting what he ‘should’ say. I take full responsibility. Again, what’s done is done, but I am truly sorry.”

On Saturday, Owen performed at the Space Coast Music Fest in Melbourne, Fla. and then continued the party into the late hours of the evening. When the local sheriff on duty spotted Owen — who was wearing an old man mask — “dancing outside the window” of a Steak ‘n Shake restaurant, he cuffed and detained the singer while he looked into the situation further. “At the time, the deputy didn’t know what he had,” reports TC Palm newspaper, clarifying “[Owen] was not arrested.”

According Florida law Section 876.13, “No person or persons shall in this state, while wearing any mask, hood, or device whereby any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed, or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer, enter upon, or be, or appear upon or within the public property of any municipality or county of the state.”

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