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'Survivor' Champ Kimberly Spradlin

ARRESTED AT DMV

In Major Police Mix-Up

4/26/2013 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0426_kimberly_spradlin_cbs_article2Kimberly Spradlin -- the chick who won "Survivor: One World" in 2012 -- was arrested in Texas this month and spent 8 hours in jail ... FOR A CRIME SHE DIDN'T COMMIT ... TMZ has learned.

Spradlin -- who was recently married -- was at the DMV in San Antonio on April 16 to officially change her last name ... when a staffer saw a note in the system indicating there was a warrant out for Kim's arrest.

The warrant -- issued by authorities in nearby Hale County, TX -- noted that Kim was wanted for allegedly bouncing checks all over town.

Kim was taken into custody and hauled to a nearby jail -- where she was booked and held in a cold cell for 8 long hours. She eventually forked over $1,500 to bond out.

Problem is ... Kim is NOT the check-bouncer. Turns out, there's ANOTHER person named Kimberly with the same birthday ... and there was simply a mix-up in the system.

TMZ spoke with Kim (the famous Kim) ... who tells us she spoke with officials who are working to clear up the situation ... and she wants to be reimbursed for the $1,500 bond.

It's not like Kim needs the money ... she won $1,000,000 for winning "Survivor" ... and raked in an additional $100,000 for winning the Fan Favorite Award at the reunion special.

Still, Kim is laughing about the situation -- and gave us the following words of wisdom ... "Be careful at the DMV, ya never know what's going to happen."

She added, "Bring a jacket ... it's cold in jail."

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Charlie Sheen's Watch    

It is not a laughing matter you stupid bimbo. This is abuse of power and a gross showing of invasive deprivation of liberty.

This happens often to people with little means. It is stupid people like this bimbo, who laugh it off, that allows this kind of crap to happen to innocent people.

She should file suit for false imprisonment, battery, NIED, defamation, and a host of other claims.

These abusive authorities must not be permitted to trample over the rights of innocent people and get away with it.

459 days ago
2.

verlinda    

Wow....

459 days ago
3.

fenuchi    

She gets locked up, yet Lindsay walks free.

459 days ago
4.

KnuckleDragger    

Welcome to the digital age.

459 days ago
5.

IwuvTMZ    

Sorry, don't watch the show anymore.

459 days ago
6.

helen    

Isn't that similar to what a lot of black people experienced in Florida during the 2000 elections. That a company basically took all electoral names and if those names had been charged with a crime they were refused the right to vote? I dunno. Check out Greg Palast and he spearheaded a do***entary into the matter for the BBC news night in the UK (FYI he's an American...I think lol ). Guess u don't all wanna be mindless drones. Xxx

459 days ago
7.

Joe t. Pico    

She should sue, f'ck the cops!!

459 days ago
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VictoriaGirl    

"Its not like she needs the money"? Um yeah she does need the money, she was wrongly arrested.

459 days ago
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Elsa    

The clerk at the DMV should remember she isnt a cop. What a rat and a lousy one at that.

459 days ago
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Thumper76    

I've been arrested for something I did not do. Now the only good pig is a dead one. Hate em.

459 days ago
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sinatrarules    

Poor Kim. Damn DMV.

459 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

8hrs? I was locked up for 2 weeks for something I didn't do and I was in another god damn city and state during those dates that I was arrested for.

459 days ago
13.

Cricket    

How awful. Nice to see she has a sense of humor. She's lovely too. Congratulations on your wedding, Kim.

459 days ago
14.

sinatrarules    

Can TMZ put a character number limit on these posts?

459 days ago
15.

pix    

Sig who gives an "F"

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