Phoenix, Nov. 25 (Reuters): Country music singer Glen Campbell was arrested yesterday on suspicion of extreme drunken driving after he crashed into another vehicle in central Phoenix, city police said.
Campbell, whose storied career has included 27 Top 10 hits, also was booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault on a police officer for allegedly kneeing a sergeant in the thigh while at the station, said Serjeant Randy Force, a Phoenix police spokesman. At times, the 67-year-old entertainer was combative and aggressive, congenial and was heard to be singing as he was being processed into jail, Force said.
Campbell remained at Madison Street Jail until early today, authorities said. Following a midnight hearing, he was released on bond at 12.30 am, a jail spokesman said. The amount of the bond was unavailable,
“That’s what alcohol addiction can do to people,” son Shannon Campbell, 18, said in a telephone interview. “People should pray for him and any other people who have the same problem.”
Shannon Campbell said the incidents do not happen often with his father, whose official website says that the singer has given up alcohol and smoking cigarettes. He said he was waiting for his father’s call from jail.
Police said the incident started at about 5 pm, local time, when Campbell’s silver BMW car slammed into a white Toyota sedan at a Phoenix intersection and continued on. A witness followed Campbell’s car as he called authorities on his cell phone.
The singer has spent more than 40 years in the entertainment industry, racking up such hits as By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman and Rhinestone Cowboy. He recently released a career-spanning boxed collection of his songs.