GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J., Nov. 14 (UPI) —
A man picking up a friend’s daughter after school in New Jersey was arrested after picking up the wrong girl — but he says he won’t make that mistake again.
Art Deaner was supposed to pick up 6-year-old Courtney Fetters Tuesday in Gloucester City, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. When he arrived at the appointed place, he saw 9-year-old Courtney Durr — who coincidentally was also waiting for a family friend to pick her up.
He told her he was looking for Courtney, she said she was Courtney, and he told her to get in the car, WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, reported.
"I got off the bus and he pulled up and he asked if there was a Courtney," Courtney Durr said. "I said, ‘Yeah.’ My crossing guard let me go and I went with him."
Deaner hadn’t seen Courtney Fetters in weeks and mistook Courtney Durr for his friend’s child, and Courtney Durr knew a friend of her mom’s was picking her up, so she went with Deaner, the report said.
The woman who was supposed to pick up Courtney Durr called the girl’s mom when she arrived to pick the girl up and couldn’t find her.
Deaner says he got an idea there was a problem when he started talking to Courtney Durr about a trip to Maine he knew Courtney Fetters had taken, and the girl in his car said she had never been in Maine.
"I had to turn around and take her back," he said. "I got the wrong Courtney."
As he was returning to drop her off where he picked her up, Deaner was pulled over by police and arrested. The crossing guard had not recognized Deaner’s car when Courtney Durr got in it and took down the license number, giving it to police.
Deaner, who was released without charges, told WCAU he won’t pick up the wrong kid after school again.
"I’ll take a picture," he said.