Bobby Brown pleads Not Guilty to third DUI and other driving charges in LA
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Bobby Brown, the New Edition singer, has entered not guilty pleas Friday to drunken driving and other driving charges through his lawyer Tiffany Feder after his arrest last month in Los Angeles. This was his second DUI arrest this year in LA.
The 43-year-old singer was arrested last month on October 24, around 1 a.m. when police saw him driving erratically on a Los Angeles street. According to Sgt. Pablo Monterrosa with the Los Angeles Police Department, Brown failed a number of field sobriety tests and the Breathalyzer test. The arresting officer also smelled “a strong scent of alcohol” on him. It was his second arrest for DUI this year in Los Angeles. He was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and later released on bond.
His earlier offense took place in March when he was arrested in the San Fernando Valley for talking on his cell phone while driving and for driving under the influence. The officer took a field sobriety test which he failed. Brown pleaded no contest to drunken driving in April and entered rehab in August. He is currently serving three years probation.
Despite the fact that he keeps getting into trouble, he has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges. Apart from the drunken driving charge, he is facing two other charges, for driving on a restricted license and driving a vehicle without a court-ordered ignition interlock device. Both these charges are the result of his prior DUI conviction in 2012.
By entering the plea through his lawyer, Brown skipped a personal appearance before the media and his Los Angeles County Criminal judge. The judge accepted the plea and ordered Brown to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings each week. His license was also suspended. He is scheduled to appear for a follow-up court hearing December 13.
If convicted on all counts, Brown could get a maximum of two years behind bars for his third DUI.
He may also have violated the probation terms from his earlier conviction and as part of his release deal, agreed to enter rehab. However, he checked out early in August because he thought he didn’t need any more help.
“Bobby is no longer in rehab, he decided he’s had enough treatment for his problems. When he first checked in, he promised his family and friends, including his New Edition bandmates, that this time he was going to stay in rehab for the full treatment. However, after fulfilling his duties for his DUI plea deal, Bobby has decided that he doesn’t need treatment anymore,” a source said at the time.
Brown is the former husband of Whitney Houston.