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Social Distortion's Ex-Drummer Arrested for OD'ing in Front of Son

Punk rock lifer is charged with child endangerment and possession of heroin

March 14, 2011 4:55 PM ET
Social Distortion's Ex-Drummer Arrested for OD'ing in Front of Son
Orange County Sherriff's Office

Former Social Distortion drummer Casey Royer was arrested last week in Orange County, California after allegedly overdosing on heroin in front of his 12-year-old son. According to TMZ's sources, Royer was watching television with his son when he overdosed. His son sought help from neighbors, who called the police.

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Royer was hospitalized after the incident, but was arrested today for possessing heroin and one count of child endangerment. He is now being held on $120,000 bail.

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Royer has been in the Orange County punk scene since joining the original lineup of Social Distortion in 1979. After a stint in that band, he was the drummer for the Adolescents from 1980 through 1987. He also fronted his own band, D.I., on and off from 1981 on through the present.

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