VAN NUYS (CBS) — Bobby Brown pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge stemming from his March 26 arrest in the San Fernando Valley.
Brown’s attorney entered the plea on the entertainer’s behalf to driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or above, and he was immediately sentenced to a 90-day alcohol program, three years probation and a $390 fine plus penalty assessments, said Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
The 43-year-old singer was arrested about 12:20 p.m. March 26 at Victory Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Harris. He was driving west on Victory just east of Yolanda Avenue in moderate traffic when an officer saw him talking on a cell phone.
“Mr. Brown displayed objective symptoms of intoxication and was asked to submit to a series of field sobriety (tests) that he was unable to perform as explained/demonstrated,” according to a CHP report.
He was taken to the Van Nuys jail, but was later released.
Brown has a DUI conviction on his record stemming from an arrest in Georgia in 1996. He pleaded guilty and served eight days in jail.
Brown rose to fame with the group New Edition. He was married for nearly 15 years to Whitney Houston, who died Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Brown is also the father of the late singer’s only child, Bobbi Kristina.