Instead, the man who got the 1,600-mile ride for free will be spending 35 days in jail.
The trip took 20 hours, including rest and meal stops. When his wife didn't have the $3,000 it cost to get to his destination, Perez was taken to jail.
He pleaded guilty Wednesday in General Sessions Criminal Court to a reduced charge of theft of property under $500. Under a plea agreement, Perez was sentenced to time served. He was not required to pay restitution because he had been declared indigent.