Los Angeles, CA- Troubled singer Bobby Brown is going to be serving some time in a Los Angeles County Jail, following his most recent DUI arrest.
According to celebrity gossip site TMZ, Brown was sentenced to 55 days in jail. The singer pleaded no contest to the charges he received last October. In addition to the jail sentence, Brown, 44, will also be required to complete a 18 month alcohol treatment program, pay a $500 fine and will be on probation for 48 months. In addition, he will have to have an ignition interlock device – also called a blow and go, because you have to blow into it before you can start your car—installed. This is his third DUI conviction.
Brown, who was already on probation for a previous DUI was pulled over last October just miles from his Encino, CA for a routine traffic violation around 1 a.m. After speaking with Brown, the officer determined he was intoxicated and asked him to submit to several field sobriety tests, which he failed. This was his second DUI arrest in 7 months—his first DUI arrest was in 1996.
In March of 2012, Brown received his first DUI arrest that year shortly following the death of his former wife Whitney Houston. Police pulled Brown over after they saw him talking on his cell phone. The arresting officer believed he was drunk and once again he failed field sobriety tests. A subsequent breathalyzer test revealed Brown was over the legal limit of .08.
During his March arrest Brown was belligerent with police. He pleaded not guilty to the March DUI and agreed to enter into an alcohol treatment program, which attended during the summer, but it apparently did put an end to his drinking problem. He also had his driver’s license suspended, but this didn’t stop him from drinking and driving.
Brown has been plagued with drug and alcohol problems. His tumultuous marriage to singer Whitney Houston landed the couple in the news over and over because of their excessive use of alcohol, crack cocaine and pills. An autopsy conducted after Whitney Houston’s death by accidental drowning revealed she has a variety of painkillers and nerve pills along with champagne in her system.
Statistics show that people who are charged with one DUI have a 50 percent chance of repeating the offense. Driver’s license suspension does little to discourage drunk driving since so many offenders will drive anyway. Because of this, states repeatedly pass tougher and tougher laws to discourage intoxicated driving, often requiring lengthy jail terms, increased fines and longer periods of license suspension.
The National Traffic Safety Board recently suggested that states require first time DUI offenders to have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles. The majority of states only require ignition interlock devices after a second DUI offense and most offenders can avoid jail time, especially if they are able to present an effective DUI defense.