I hope this guy trashed his share of hotel rooms back in the day, because as rock-star antics go, this is kind of weak.
Police in Bangor, Maine, reported today that Mick Brown, currently the drummer in Ted Nugent’s band, was arrested last night for stealing a golf cart and driving it around while under the influence of alcohol. Brown and Nugent were in Bangor as part of the “Midwest Rock’N’Roll Express” tour, which also features Styx and REO Speedwagon. (For those of you asking “Where are the Doobie Brothers?” the answer is Lake Tahoe.)
Since these particular rockers are all now in their 50s and 60s (Nugent is 63), maybe golf-cart stealing is as rebellious as they get nowadays?
From the police report:
On July 8, 2012 at about 945PM, Officer Steve Jordan and Jim Dearing were working the concert venue when they were [informed] that there was a problem behind the stage. It was reported that Mick Brown, Ted Nugent’s drummer, had stolen a gol[f] cart … and that Brown was intoxicated and driving it recklessly around the Front Street area. Several people had attempted to stop him but he sped away and was last seen operating the golf cart on the foot path by the Sea Dog restaurant. Officer Jordan reported that about a minute later he observed the golf cart with two women also on board near the Railroad Street grade crossing. As they attempted to stop Brown, he accelerated past them, past a third officer and when a security officer got close enough to stop him, Brown allegedly shoved the officer. At that point two other security officers physically removed Brown from the cart and placed him on the ground. He was arrested. No damage was reported to the cart although two traffic cones were damaged, one still under the cart, significantly so.
Wait—I take back what I said before. Anybody who can manage to pick up two women while fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle deserves at least some respect. That’s still pretty rock’n’roll. Not cool about the traffic cones, though, which were just doing their job.
The legal lesson here, for those of you who demand one (and I know some of you are studying for the bar exam), is that you can indeed get a DUI for driving a golf cart. In fact, pretty much any “vehicle” will do under most states’ DUI statutes. See, e.g., “Drunken Zamboni Driver Mocked by Children,” Lowering the Bar (Mar. 5, 2012); “DUI Charge for Driver of Motorized Bar Stool,” Lowering the Bar (Mar. 31, 2009). Please make a note of it.