A Wesleyan student is facing charges after getting “grossly intoxicated” on campus and identifying himself to officers as Justin Timberlake, according to Middletown police.
Police said 19-year-old Jesse Tarnas was intoxicated at a party on April 27 when he told Wesleyan officers his name was “J.T. Golden.” Wesleyan police thought Tarnas was not a student at the Connecticut college and asked him to leave campus, according to the Middletown Police Department. He refused to leave and was handcuffed.
Tarnas reportedly began struggling with Wesleyan officers, so Middletown police were called to help.
He allegedly told Middletown officers he was Justin Timberlake and was only at Wesleyan for a party. Officers recognized that Tarnas was not the celebrity and asked his name again, police said.
According to Middletown police, Tarnas continued to identify himself as Timberlake and started shouting in the face of an officer who placed him under arrest. Police said Tarnas “aggressively attempted to pull away” when officers led him to their police cruiser, and one officer was “forced to stabilize him” against the back of the car.
Back at police headquarters, officers learned Tarnas’ real identity and found his Wesleyan student identification card in his wallet. Police said Tarnas also had his roommate’s driver’s license, which he told police he had used to buy beer.
Tarnas was charged with interfering with an officer. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and is due in court May 8.
Information on an attorney for Tarnas was not immediately available.