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Bobby Brown pleads not guilty to drunken-driving charges


This news story was published on April 16, 2012.
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By Matt Stevens and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times –

LOS ANGELES — Singer Bobby Brown pleaded not guilty Monday to three misdemeanor charges related to driving under the influence, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office said.

Brown, 43, formerly married to the late pop diva Whitney Houston, was pulled over March 26 in the San Fernando Valley after he was spotted talking on his cellphone. After taking a field sobriety test, he was arrested and charged. He faces charges of driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent and driving with a suspended license, according to prosecutors.

City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said Brown did not personally appear in the Van Nuys court and his plea was entered by his attorney.

Brown, who was married to Houston for 14 years before the couple divorced in 2007, reportedly has had numerous run-ins with the law, including a 1996 drunken-driving incident in Florida. Much of the couple’s marital turmoil and legal woes played out in public, including in a 2005 reality show called “Being Bobby Brown.”

He faces a maximum of a year in county jail if convicted.

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