Cops pepper-spray D'Angelo, charge him with resisting arrest. The soul crooner sparred with police who came to his home to arrest him
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Grammy winner D’Angelo got a face full of pepper spray when he allegedly struggled on Monday with police who came to his home in a suburb of Richmond, Va., to arrest him on various misdemeanor charges stemming from a traffic confrontation, the Associated Press reports. The Chesterfield, Va., police added misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct to the charges.

According to MTV, the 28-year-old singer (real name: Michael Eugene Archer) was the subject of a complaint by an unnamed woman that he allegedly cut her off in traffic on Sunday while changing lanes back and forth in his SUV. The woman, who apparently neither knew nor recognized the R&B star, told police she followed him to a gas station and confronted him, and he allegedly spat on her and cursed at her. Police captain James T. Nowlin told MTV that cops considered the spitting an ”unwanted touch” and therefore an assault, and they went to his house to arrest him on counts of assault, aggressive driving, and curse and abuse. Those charges, plus the resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, could each land him a year in jail and a $2,500 fine (except for curse and abuse, which carries a possible fine of $500).

Describing the incident at the singer’s home, Nowlin told the Petersburg (Va.) Progress-Index, ”A citizen made the complaint and uniform officers went to serve those papers and it went downhill from there.” Once taken into custody, D’Angelo was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear in court on Jan. 15.

It’s not the first time this year that D’Angelo — whose 2000 tour was cosponsored by PAX, an organization that aims to curb gun violence among young people — has allegedly gotten into trouble behind the wheel. New York police charged him with reckless driving and driving with a suspended license after pulling him over in April, MTV reports. If the singer’s license is still suspended, he could face an additional charge of driving with a suspended license, Nowlin told MTV.

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