In her novel Mansfield Park, Jane Austin writes: "The younger brother must help pay for the pleasure of the elder."
Well, life has once again imitated art, only this time it happened in a Yavapai County courthouse.
Preston Haymes, a 19-year-old from Phoenix, was arrested yesterday after police say he impersonated his older brother during a July court appearance.
It all started when Haymes' brother, Denton, 21, was arrested by state Department of Public Safety agents for a narcotics violation about a year before the July court date.
When the elder Haymes was asked his name by arresting officers, he claimed he was Preston Haymes.
When Denton was released, police say, he called his younger brother and told him about what happened. Denton then asked Preston to go to court and pretend to be him.
Like an idiot, Preston agreed after Denton assured him that he would pay any fines and participate in any drug counseling ordered by the judge.
So Preston went to court and was told to pay a $750 fine and complete 50 hours of drug counseling.
Guess who didn't do either. If your answer is both of them, you're right.
After Denton apparently reneged on the deal he made to Preston, a warrant was put out for his -- um, we mean for his kid brother's -- arrest.
Once he got word of the warrant, a pissed-off Preston went to the Mayer Justice Court near Prescott to turn in both him and his brother.
Preston told police about his brother's drug arrest, and admitted that he had impersonated him. As a result, police arrested Preston on three counts of forgery (for allegedly falsely signing court documents) and on one count of criminal impersonation.
Police say the investigation into Denton's role is ongoing.
If Preston gets out of this, we're guessing he'll never "help pay for the pleasure" of his brother again.