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Jake Owen Insists Arrest Was a ‘Huge Misunderstanding’

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It’s been quite the month for Jake Owen! Just two days before getting married beachside in his hometown of Vero Beach, Fla., the ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ singer found himself in some serious hot water after entering a local Steak ‘n Shake restaurant wearing a mask over his face. Although the night ended with Owen in handcuffs, the singer adamantly denies doing anything wrong.

“It was a huge misunderstanding,” Owen says in a radio interview with US 99.5 on Monday. “I did nothing, actually. I had a good time. That’s all the really matters. I’m a lover, dude. I do like to have a damn good time. That’s how I roll.”

Despite his strikingly candid chat about the incident over the airwaves, the singer did issue an official apology to his fans and hometown supporters following the incident, though he was mostly apologizing for his negative comments about the police who cuffed him.

“Y’all I apologize,” Owen wrote to his 180,000-plus followers on Twitter. “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.”

While some question the validity of the Owen’s detainment, Florida law Section 876.13 stipulates that “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.”

“I thought it was funny,” says Owen, referring to his decision to to wear the mask into the fast food restaurant, where he was eating with his entire family — nieces and nephews included — when police gave him the metal bracelets. Owen explains, “Unbeknownst to me, I didn’t know there was a law you weren’t allowed to go into a public establishment with a mask on.”

Despite his brief run-in with the law, the singer is remains focused on his touring duties. According his official website, Owen will resume touring at the end of May, with a rigorous itinerary through the end of July. Click here for tour dates and ticket information.

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