Police seek charges of disturbing the peace against Chris Brown over ATV antics
Disturbing the Peace isn’t the name of R&B singer Chris Brown’s latest release. But it could be the next criminal charge he faces for doing doughnuts on an ATV in his Tarzana neighborhood.
Los Angeles police are asking the city attorney to decide whether to charge Brown after an incident Wednesday in which police say the artist and members of his entourage performed dangerous stunts on an all-terrain vehicle while children were present.
Los Angeles police Capt. Paul Vernon said a neighbor of Brown’s on Citrus Ridge Drive warned that the ATV was dangerous on the suburban street, complained about the noise and asked that he stop. Vernon said Brown responded “with a series of obscenities at the guy.”
One of the neighbors who complained then called police. When West Valley officers rang the bell on Brown’s gate, his security detail emerged and “told officers Brown wouldn’t let them in or speak to them and they should call his lawyer,” Vernon said.
“Neighbors were able to identify Brown as one of those riding the ATV and so we are taking it to the city attorney for disturbing the peace,” Vernon said.
Neither Brown or his attorney could be reached for comment.
Police have been called to Brown’s home at least five times since he moved to the neighborhood last year, Vernon said.
Neighbors have complained about late-night noise and other nuisances. The residence was also the subject of a home invasion robbery last May.
Brown spent six years on probation after pleading guilty to attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna while driving in 2009. He was released from probation in March 2015.
The Grammy-winning singer completed roughly 1,000 hours of community service. He was also ordered to attend domestic violence classes.
The assault drew worldwide attention after photos of Rihanna’s bruised and battered face leaked from Los Angeles Police Department files.
Brown also faced charges in connection with driving without a license and an alleged hit-and-run. In May 2014, he admitted to violating his probation after committing an assault outside a Washington, D.C., hotel.
Brown also was ejected from a rehab program because he reportedly violated internal rules, including making a threatening comment, failing to take a drug test and touching a female client undergoing therapy.
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