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A Drunken Glen Campbell Goes Nuts In AZ!!!
Glen Campbell arrested on DUI, assault charges
Dave Cruz/The Arizona Republic
Glen Campbell is taken into Madison Street Jail on Monday night.
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 25, 2003 12:00 AM
Entertainer Glen Campbell was arrested at his Phoenix home Monday on suspicion of drunken driving and aggravated assault after slamming his car into another vehicle and fleeing the scene, then kicking a police sergeant who was questioning him, authorities said.
Campbell, a Grammy-Award-winning singer whose storied career includes 27 Top-10 hits, was being held late Monday on felony charges including extreme DUI and aggravated assault on a police officer.
Phoenix police Sgt. Bill Niles said he was forced to restrain the combative entertainer's arms and legs after Campbell raised his knee and struck Niles on his right thigh during questioning at a police substation. Campbell, 67, also attempted to kick another officer after striking Niles, but the officer dodged the blow and was unharmed, Niles said.
"He just didn't want to sit down. He was having mood swings and ended up taking his knee and raising it to me and hit me above the knee area," Niles said. "There was a lot of (Campbell saying) 'do you know who I am', a lot of profanities. He didn't think he should be treated like a common criminal because of who he was. He went from calm and cooperative to becoming very loud."
Phoenix police Sgt. Randy Force said Campbell also kicked a patrol car and the door of his holding cell at the police substation. When Campbell was inside the intake facility at Madison Street Jail in downtown Phoenix, he could be heard singing his hit song "Rhinestone Cowboy."
The bizarre string of events began about 5 p.m. Monday near Campbell's home in the Biltmore Estates area, where Campbell allegedly bounced his car off a curb and struck another vehicle after weaving through several blocks of traffic, police said. Investigators believe Campbell was heading home from a golf game at the Phoenix Country Club.
After striking the other vehicle, Campbell reportedly fled the scene but was followed by other motorists, who directed officers to the home where Campbell lives with his wife and three of his five children.
Police took Campbell into custody after the unidentified victim of the hit-and-run collision and other motorists identified him, Niles said. The victim was not injured in the collision.
Campbell first became combative at his home as police attempted to arrest him, forcing officers to restrain his hands and feet. Those restraints were removed when Campbell arrived at the police substation, but Niles said officers replaced them after the singer lashed out.
Niles said breath tests performed Monday night showed Campbell's blood alcohol content was above the 0.15 limit considered an extreme case of drunken driving under Arizona law. Investigators also took blood from Campbell to test for the presence of alcohol.
Neither Niles nor Force would disclose Campbell's blood alcohol content, saying departmental policy prohibits the disclosure.
Campbell was placed in a holding cell at the police substation before he was taken to Madison Street Jail. He was scheduled to face a judge for an initial court appearance late Monday, where bail was expected to be set.
A Phoenix resident for the last 20 years, Campbell still plays up to 200 dates a year nationally and occasionally performs the national anthem at Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns games.
"I think I'm the only guitar picker with a World Series ring," he quipped in an interview last month with The Arizona Republic prior to the release of a career-spanning, 80-song box set titled Glen Campbell: The Legacy.
Campbell admitted to struggling with bouts of alcoholism and abusing cocaine, but said he stopped using the drug 20 years ago when he met his wife, Kim.
"I found something worth quitting for," Campbell told The Republic in October. "I give her credit for it. I care enough about her not to see her cry."