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Campbell apologizes after drunken driving arrest

Country singer: 'Even at my age, I learned a valuable lesson'

Campbell has his booking photo taken at the jail.
Campbell has his booking photo taken at the jail.

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Singer Glen Campbell appeared in an Arizona court after being jailed briefly on drunken driving, hit and run, and assault charges (November 25)
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PHOENIX, Arizona (CNN) -- Country singer Glen Campbell issued an apology to his family and fans Tuesday after being arrested Monday evening on charges of driving drunk and kicking a police officer.

"Yesterday, I was arrested and put in jail," he said in a statement issued through his publicist. "Even at my age, I learned a valuable lesson. I apologize to my wife, my family, my friends and my fans."

Campbell, 67, spent several hours in a Maricopa County jail cell Monday evening on drunken driving, hit and run and assault charges after a series of incidents police say started with a minor car wreck near his home in Phoenix.

Campbell went home after a magistrate set a $2,000 bond early Tuesday and ordered him to submit to alcohol and drug monitoring until his next court appearance.

Police said Campbell's mood swung from combative to congenial and back to combative, including a kicking assault on a sergeant and a short jailhouse concert.

It began around 5 p.m. local time when a silver BMW crashed into a white Toyota Camry while making a turn at a Phoenix intersection, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Randy Force. No one was hurt in the two-car collision, Force said.

A witness followed the BMW when it kept going, finally turning into the Biltmore Estates neighborhood, where it was parked at Campbell's home, Force said. Police -- alerted when the witness called them on a cell phone -- knocked on Campbell's door, he said.

Police arrested Campbell on suspicion of DUI because of his "demeanor and appearance, including a strong odor of intoxicating beverages on his breath," Force said.

Campbell became combative as police placed him in a patrol car, striking at the car door, Force said.

At the jail, he used his knee to kick the upper right thigh of a police sergeant, Force said.

"It could have been a lot worse if the sergeant hadn't turned because the target was not the right thigh," Force said.

"He would go from combative to congenial," Force said.

When his mood swung to the friendly side, Campbell would sing, he said. When it swung the other direction, he began kicking the holding cell door and cursing jailers, Force said.

One of the charges is for extreme drunken driving, which is applied when a driver has a blood-alcohol percentage measured over 0.15. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08.


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