Bobby Brown gets 55 days in jail on DUI, other charges
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Singer Bobby Brown will have to serve a 55-day jail sentence next month after pleading guilty to his second charge of driving under the influence.
Brown entered no-contest pleas to driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license due to a prior DUI conviction last year, which led him to be placed in a lockdown rehab. As part of the plea deal struck Monday, Brown must attend three Alcohol Anonymous meetings a week and be on summary probation for four years.
Brown was not in court Tuesday, but his attorney entered the pleas. The judge imposed a 10-day sentence for drunk driving, another 10 days for driving on a suspended license and 35 days for violating his probation on his prior DUI.
As part of the sentence, Brown must complete an 18-month alcohol program, pay several fines and install an ignition interlock device that tests his alcohol level on his vehicle. The singer was ordered to surrender to authorities March 20.
A field sobriety test administered in October while he was driving his white Mercedes GL 450 showed his blood alcohol level at 0.12%; the legal limit is 0.08%. He could have faced up to a year in County Jail. Officers pulled him over for talking on his cellphone but then administered a field sobriety test.
The arrest came four days after the Los Angeles County coroner’s office released autopsy results on Brown’s ex-wife, Whitney Houston.
Houston appears to have used cocaine ‘in the time period just immediately prior to her collapse in the bathtub at the hotel,’ said L.A. County Chief Coroner Craig Harvey, referring to her death at a Beverly Hills hotel. Houston, 48, was determined to have accidentally drowned last year following an apparent heart episode with cocaine as a contributing factor. Brown and Houston’s 14-year marriage was tarnished by drug abuse, Brown’s run-ins with the law and allegations of domestic abuse.
It became fodder for the tabloids and entertainment shows and for a year was on display in the reality show ‘Being Bobby Brown.’
The superstar singers met at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards and married three years later. Houston divorced Brown in 2007, winning custody of their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.