Singer Bobby Brown has had numerous brushes with the law, but being jailed twice in one day is probably a first for him. CNN reported that Atlanta police stopped him for speeding early Thursday morning and found a bag of marijuana in his jacket. Checking his record, the arresting officer found an outstanding warrant on Brown from nearby DeKalb County dating back to 1996, and when the R&B star posted bond and was freed from the Atlanta jail Thursday morning, he was taken to the DeKalb County jail, according to Atlanta’s WXIA-TV.
According to a police report obtained by WXIA, Whitney Houston’s husband was driving a Cadillac Escalade when first arrested. Police cited him for speeding, driving without a license or proof of insurance, and possession of less than an ounce of pot. He posted $1,300 bond, CNN reports, then was taken to the DeKalb County jail on a warrant stemming from a 1996 arrest on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without proof of insurance, failing to maintain a lane, and speeding. Brown was to have faced those charges in court in 1997, but he failed to appear in court on the scheduled date, leading to his forfeiture of a $1,260 bond and the judge’s issuing of a bench warrant. After DeKalb authorities booked the 33-year-old on Thursday, he was freed on $10,000 bond.
These were not Brown’s only cases of, um, car trouble, including a 1998 conviction in Florida on misdemeanor charges of drunk driving and property damage, for crashing Houston’s sports car into a sign. He spent five days in jail and was released on probation. Wife Whitney Houston was arrested for possession of marijuana in a Hawaii airport in 2000, but the charges were dropped.
After his second release Thursday, Brown told WXIA, ”I apologize to the people of Atlanta, and I apologize to the judge whom I failed to appear in front of, and I’m just sorry. I’m trying to get my life back together and keep it together.” He acknowledged that he had some pot on him. ” It was not much marijuana. We’ll deal with that. Maybe a joint. That’s all.” Still, he didn’t think he should be charged for that. ”I think I was speeding and I think that’s what I should be charged with. As far as anything else, I don’t think I should be charged with anything.” As for his failure to appear in court in 1997, he said, ”I just lost track of time.”
Brown’s lawyer told WXIA that the singer will appear in court Friday to answer the DeKalb charges and on Dec. 12 to answer those from his traffic arrest Thursday in Atlanta.