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Glen Campbell Arrested

Country-pop star pinched for suspected DUI

December 25, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Glen Campbell was released this morning from a Phoenix jail after being arrested yesterday on suspicion of drunk driving, aggravated assault on a police officer and for a hit and run.

The country-pop legend was arrested at his home after a witness said Campbell fled the scene of a two-car collision in his adopted hometown. Campbell's BMW struck a Toyota Camry at an intersection on Monday afternoon, and the witness followed the car and alerted authorities who arrived at Campbell's home. Police booked the singer, 67, on suspicion of "extreme" drunken driving; authorities are unable to divulge the results of blood-alcohol tests, but the term is used for results above .15 (the legal limit in Arizona is .08). As Campbell was being processed at police headquarters, he allegedly kneed a sergeant in the leg.

Campbell appeared before Commissioner Steve Kupiszewski and was put on supervised release, which could require alcohol and drug tests of him. Campbell had battled alcohol and drug dependency earlier in his career, but his move to Phoenix more than two decades ago signaled a sober change of direction for him. "It caused a lot of havoc in my life," he told Mojo in August of a late-Seventies period of cocaine and alcohol abuse. "I write it off to experience; I got on with my life. It was a terrible time."

Campbell's career is among the most varied and distinguished in pop music. In the Sixties, the Arkansas-born Campbell was among the most in-demand session guitarists in pop, working with artists including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, the Beach Boys and the Monkees, and as a member of Phil Spector's legendary studio ensemble the Wrecking Crew. His symphonic brand of country-pop and a television variety show made him a huge star in the Seventies. Earlier this fall, Capitol Records released a career-spanning, four-CD Campbell box set, Legacy 1961-2002.

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