Bobby Brown arrested in Tarzana for suspicion of DUI
Posted $25,000 bail
TARZANA, Calif.—Singer Bobby Brown was arrested in Tarzana today on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, his second such arrest in the San Fernando Valley this year.
Brown was arrested around 1 a.m. after an officer observed his Acura sedan being driven erratically in the area of Ventura Boulevard and Corbin Avenue, according to Sgt. Duane Aikins of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Topanga Station.
He posted $25,000 bail and was released from a Van Nuys jail at 3:55 a.m., police said.
The 43-year-old former spouse of the late pop icon Whitney Houston pleaded no contest in April to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge stemming from a March 26 arrest. He was sentenced to a 90-day alcohol program, three years probation and a $390 fine plus penalty assessments, according to Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
He was arrested about 12:20 p.m. March 26 at Victory Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue. According to the California Highway Patrol, the singer was driving west on Victory just east of Yolanda Avenue in moderate traffic when an officer saw him talking on a cell phone.
“Mr. Brown displayed objective symptoms of intoxication and was asked to submit to a series of field sobriety (tests) that he was unable to perform as explained/demonstrated,” according to a CHP report at the time.
Brown also has a DUI conviction on his record stemming from an arrest in Georgia in 1996. He pleaded guilty and served eight days in jail.
Brown rose to fame with the group New Edition. He was married for nearly 15 years to Houston, who died Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton hotel, and is the father of the late singer’s only child, Bobbi Kristina.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Deputies handcuffed singer Bobby Brown and led him from a courtroom to a jail cell Wednesday morning, as Whitney Houston's ex-husband began serving time for a drunken driving conviction.
Although the judge sentenced Brown to 55 days behind bars for his second conviction in a year for driving under the influence, he will likely be free in eight or nine days, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.
Obsessed fans can be a downside of stardom. It’s why Whitney Houston’s character hired Kevin Costner to protect her in the 1992 movie “The Bodyguard.”
The real life Houston had the FBI helping to protect her more than two decades ago when a “loner” in Vermont warned in 1988 that he “might hurt someone with some crazy idea” if the singer did not acknowledge him.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Rapper “Too Short” was arrested today in Hollywood on suspicion of drug possession and driving while impaired, authorities said.
The 48-year-old man, whose real name is Todd Anthony Shaw, was taken into custody near Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue shortly after 3 a.m., said Los Angeles police Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Media Relations office.
Shaw was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and possession of drugs, Borihanh said.
Bobbie Smith, who as a member of the Spinners sang lead on such hits as “I’ll Be Around” and “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” has died. He was 76.
Smith died Saturday of complications of pneumonia and the H1N1 flu virus, according to a statement from Nat Burgess, the Spinners’ manager.