The viral 'neck guy' has been arrested once again
When most people end up as viral celebrities, it's typically very much a "15 minutes of fame" kind of situation. Nobody ever expects these people to crop up again, and certainly not in the exact same set of circumstances as the first time. However, it seems as though that has actually happened this week.
Charles Dion McDowell, a man who became a meme on social media after a sheriff's department posted his mugshot, and Facebook users noticed his unusually thick neck, has been arrested yet again. Not only that, but his neck appears to be just as thick as it was before. On Thursday, November 15, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office posted the original mugshot of McDowell on their official Facebook page; arresting him on charges of possession of meth and coke, as well as intent to sell, manufacture or deliver the drug.
The sheriff's department captioned the image: "Charles Dion McDowell was arrested for Fleeing/Eluding Police with Lights & Sirens Active, Possession of Meth with Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Deliver, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Deliver Schedule II, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Equipment. McDowell is currently a guest at the GoldStar Hotel with a bond of $57,000. [sic]"
Social media users quickly began making jokes about McDowell's neck, and the picture of him immediately went viral. For instance, a Facebook user wrote: "Who else came to read all the comments about his “neck”!?! (I)t looks like his head is attached to his thigh!!! [sic]" while someone else added: "You people should be ashamed of yourselves, all this neckativity isn’t right at all, [sic]" and another person wrote: "They gonna put him in jail and throat away the key."
This time, McDowell was arrested in Lee County, Alabama, on charges of eluding law enforcement, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, improper lane usage and possession of marijuana in the second degree. He was held on a $5,400 bond, but has allegedly already made bail.
Following his original release from jail, McDowell posted a video to Instagram, in which he responded to his overnight viral fame. He also went so far as to give a “shout out to every female that gave [him] a chance,” adding that he couldn't possibly thank everyone because there were so many. As the footage shows, McDowell's mugshots haven't been photoshopped: his neck really is that thick, although how it got that way is currently a mystery. Maybe it's steroid abuse, or neck exercises, or maybe just good old-fashioned genetics.
However, this isn't the first time that a police department's appeal to the public has gone viral on social media. Remember the time that social media users noticed that a man who stole a six-pack of beer bore an uncanny resemblance to Friends actor David Schwimmer after police uploaded a picture of him to Facebook?