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American Demands Diplomatic Immunity As "King Of Scotland" After DUI Arrest

Nicholas James insisted he was "Solomon" – Scotland's sovereign king.

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Nicholas James
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Nicholas James

An American man who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence claimed to police that he was the rightful heir to the throne of Scotland and demanded diplomatic immunity.

A crime report, seen by BuzzFeed News, states that Colorado man Nicholas James insisted he was "King of Scotland" and that his blood was "golden" after he was stopped for driving erratically.

The police report from last Monday reads: "Nicolas' thought patterns were erratic and very disorganised. He called himself the King of Scotland, the heir to the throne of Scotland, and King Solomon. I suspected he may be under the influence of a narcotic based on how he was acting."

The report included James's "alias" of "heir to the throne of Scotland" and "King Solomon".

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Scotland has not had a distinct royal family since the Act of Union with England in 1707, casting doubt on Nicholas's claims. However, despite that, police said James "repeatedly demanded we contact the State Department to inquire about his diplomatic immunity status".

James successfully passed an alcohol breathaliser test but then refused to take a narcotic recognition test saying it wouldn't be necessary as he hadn't taken any drugs. He went on to refuse to give a blood sample, according to the police report.

The report said: "I asked Nicholas if he would submit to a blood draw to determine if there were any narcotics in his blood and he declined, stating that his blood was 'golden'."

James was taken to jail and remains there at the time of writing with his bail set at $5000.

Commander Jeff Satur of the Longmont, Colorado police department told BuzzFeed News: "We've been making a little fun of this but the crime is still very serious. The officer did a very good job, this person did try to avoid him and failed to yield."

He added: "In jest, I hope this doesn't cause any problems between our countries."

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

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