A man named Walter White is wanted by authorities for making and trafficking methamphetamine. No it’s not a spoiler for the current season of Breaking Bad, it’s a real-life situation. In one of the most incredible coincidences imaginable, a man who shares the name of the lead character in the award-winning AMC show about cooking meth has now been charged for doing the same thing. That’s the real one on the right, and the fake one – played by Bryan Cranston – on the left. Read the full story after the jump.

The information was first reported in the Tuscaloosa News, which is a news outlet in Alabama. Here are the highlights:

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has placed Walter White on their priority list of the county’s most wanted. White, 55, was on probation for a 2008 charge of making methamphetamine when he was arrested on similar charges…. The charges of possession of a controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of precursor materials and manufacturing a controlled substance in Bibb County violated the conditions of his probation for the case in Tuscaloosa County.

And in a stroke of pure brilliance, the first comment below is this story is “Better call Saul.” It made me literally laugh out loud.

I have a feeling that, in the coming weeks, this story will get even more odd and parallel to the AMC show as the current season began with (spoilers) a partially disguised Walter White (Cranston) on the run from…something. Is it the law? Have they finally found him out? We’ll see. But I wish the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office the best of luck in their search for the real Mr. White. May I suggest looking at local chicken establishments, extermination sites and car washes.

Additional source and image: Gawker

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