By Gil Kaufman
Just hours after denials from his lawyer about claims that Bobby Brown was driving “erratically” while speaking on a cell phone during an arrest on Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence, the singer was charged with DUI on Wednesday (March 28). According to TMZ, authorities in Reseda, California charged Brown with DUI and driving with a suspended license after Whitney Houston’s ex reportedly blew a .12 in a blood alcohol test during a traffic stop around noon on Monday.
The legal limit is .08 and police said that they pulled Brown over after they saw him in his car talking on a cell phone and then smelled a strong odor of alcohol. He was cuffed and booked as short time later after allegedly doing poorly on a field sobriety test. California has a law that bans the use of handheld cell phones while driving.
A law enforcement source told the site that Brown’s license had been suspended since 2010 when he got a speeding ticket and then failed to show up for a subsequent court date.
“Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and Mr. Brown was not driving erratically,” Brown’s attorney, Tiffany Feder, told E! News in a statement on Wednesday. “He was speaking on his cell phone. Mr. Brown has not been convicted of anything associated with this incident.”
“Mr. Brown is taking this matter seriously and an investigation is under way,” Feder added. “The legal process shall run its course.”
Brown’s previous run-ins with the law include a 1996 DUI conviction in Georgia, which landed him in jail for 8 days after a guilty plea. He was also arrested in 2003 for battery and a parole violation charge in 2004, which again sent him in jail.