Jake Owen Explains The Story Behind Almost Getting Arrested On Cinco De Mayo

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Jake Owen has had quite a busy couple of weeks. Not only did he get married on the beach a week ago, but a couple days before that, he nearly got himself arrested, after goofing around outside a Steak ‘n Shake in his home town of Vero Beach, Florida.

Jake called into CBS Chicago station WUSN and talked to morning show hosts Lisa and Ray, giving them the full scoop on what the incident was all about.

“It was a huge misunderstanding,” Jake explains. “I’m a lover, dude. I’m not trying to create any problems. But I do like to have a damn good time. That’s how I roll.”

“So I was with my mom, my dad, my sister, my brother in law, all my nieces and nephews. We were just at a show. We all rode my tour bus to the Steak ‘n Shake. They walked off the tour bus into the Steak ‘n Shake. I looked at my driver, and said, ‘Hey, watch this.’ I have this old man mask. It’s pretty funny – I thought it was funny. But unbeknownst to me, I didn’t know there’s a law that you’re not allowed to go into a public establishment with a mask on.”

“They probably thought you were going to rob the joint!” says Ray.

“OK, I could understand that if I got out of a getaway van,” Jake says. “But I got out of a tour bus!”

“The funny thing was, my parents thought it was a joke. Because I had the mask on, they thought the cop was joking, and I was joking. And it wasn’t a joke — the guy was serious. But to his credit, [the officer] had no idea that I was not only who I was, but I was not going in there to do that.”

It sounds like they arrested you for doing nothing,” says Ray.

“I did nothing actually,” says Jake.” I had a good time, that’s all that matters.”

“People made a big deal out of it. But it’s a Steak ‘n Shake. At midnight.”

Listen to the full interview on US99.5.

- Kurt Wolff, CBS Local