37-year-old Rodney Dwayne Valentine had just been granted his freedom from the Rockingham County jail in North Carolina on Saturday morning.
But when Valentine refused to leave the prison, police arrested him for trespassing and sent him back to his cell.
Valentine reportedly refused to leave the jail site, after authorities declined his request for a ride to a local motel.
He had been in prison since May 22 on a charge of damage to personal property.
Officers reportedly suggested that Valentine simply take a cab to the hotel, but he allegedly refused.
When he still hadn’t left the premises that afternoon, Deputies charged Valentine with second-degree trespassing.
Valentine is being held on a $500 bond while he awaits a scheduled court appearance on August 9.