Though Teen Mom OG should be focused on how the stars of the show take care of their children, it rarely is that wholesome. The main reason for this is that some of the current and former cast members can’t seem to stay out of trouble with the law.
Especially not Ryan Edwards, who has reportedly been arrested again.
Edwards was taken into custody on January 23rd in Hamilton County, Tennessee. The 31-year-old was charged with theft of services. The bond for this charge was set at $500.
In addition to theft of services, Edwards was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. According to reports from Radar Online, the possession charges are in reference to a prior heroin possession charge in Red Bank, Tennessee. Because he has an outstanding warrant over that drug charge, he is being held on no bond.
So, what does theft of services actually refer to?
Allegedly, Edwards left a bar without paying his bar tab, which was only $36, according to reports from TMZ. The bartender recognized Edwards from one of his mugshots and was able to call the police on him. This resulted in Edwards’ Wednesday arrest.
The father of two has struggled with drug abuse for years but seemed to be working to get clean prior to his arrest.
Just six months ago Edwards took to social media to speak up about his drug addiction.
“I will never stop speaking out against this horrible disease! It consumes your life and turns you into someone even you don’t know,” he wrote on Instagram.
He called for other people struggling with drugs not to give up.
“I’m asking you to never give up,” he continued. “Each day is a struggle.”
The photo posted with the caption showed people with their hands raised under text that read “Life can take you higher than drugs. Stop drug abuse. Live life.”
He even included a resource where others who were struggling could go and get help.
“If you or someone you know needs help, please don’t hesitate to go to SAMHSA.gov,” he wrote in the caption. “Help is out there.”
Edwards was also arrested in July of last year for possession of Heroin. Upon his arrest, Maci Bookout, Edwards former girlfriend and the mother of his child, went on the Coffee Convos with Kailyn Lowry and Lindsie Chrisley podcast to express her thoughts on the situation.
“To be honest with you, I feel better that he is in jail because I know he’s safe there,” she said. “I know he’s not driving around or doing something that could potentially hurt him or an innocent person. It sucks, it’s a crappy situation for everyone.”
Edwards was held without bond from July 23rd to July 31st.
Unfortunately, Edwards and Bookout’s son Bentley is aware of his father’s troubles with the law.
“He understands, he doesn’t ever ask questions,” she said of their son. “We fill him in on whatever is going on and as sad as he is, the reason he doesn’t ever ask questions is that its kind of just always been this way.”
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