SAN DIEGO — Tammy Bakker, wife of embattled television evangelist Jim Bakker, was among four women who were stopped by U.S. Customs agents Friday night at the San Ysidro border crossing when a routine check of the vehicle they were driving showed that it had been reported stolen.
A Customs agent, who was on duty when the women were stopped at 9:30 p.m., said Bakker told agents that they had spent the day shopping in Tijuana and were returning to Palm Springs. The agent, who asked not to be identified, said Bakker and the others were bringing back several bags of clothing.
The women were detained for about 90 minutes before they were released. Bakker was unruffled by the incident, the agent said, and joked about the stop.
Customs Supervisor Ruben Carrasco said a routine computer check of the car's license plate showed that the owner, Budget Rent-A-Car of Palm Springs, had reported it stolen. The California Highway Patrol was notified, and a subsequent check by the CHP concluded that the car had mistakenly been reported stolen.