Glen Campbell has been arrested on DUI charges, USA Today reports,

Country singer Glen Campbell, whose hits included “Rhinestone Cowboy,” struck another car while driving drunk and left the scene, then later kneed a police officer while demanding to see the police chief, authorities said Tuesday.

He was freed early Tuesday on $2,000 bail on charges of extreme drunken driving and hit and run. He also was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

Campbell, 67, was arrested Monday at his home after a collision at a Phoenix intersection in which nobody was hurt, police Sgt. Randy Force said. A witness had followed the car, called police on a cell phone and directed them to a home in the Biltmore area, Force said. “Officers contacted the driver of that BMW who was Glen Campbell,” he said. “Based on his appearance and demeanor, they believed he was intoxicated and took him into custody.”


He posted bail on the charges of suspicion of extreme drunken driving and hit and run. While being processed at a police station, police said Campbell–minutes away from being released to waiting friends and family–became angry and kneed Sgt. Bill Niles in the thigh. Niles was not hurt.

That prompted police to arrest him again, on suspicion of assault [Suspicion?! -ed.] . He was taken to jail and appeared in Superior Court just before midnight. A court commissioner, Steve Kupiszewski, placed him on supervised release, requiring him to check in periodically with court monitors, who could test him for alcohol and drugs.

“There was a lot of, ‘Do you know who I am. I’m Glen Campbell’ … I shouldn’t be locked up like this.’ He asked to speak to the chief of police,” Niles said.

Moments before his appearance in front of Kupiszewski, Campbell, wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks polo shirt, shorts and tennis shoes, seemed relaxed. “There’s a first time for everything,” Campbell told his lawyer, Larry Debus.

Sadly, this is not the first time. Campbell did a lot of this sort of thing in the 1980s. All indications, though, were that he’d cleaned up his act.

This isn’t the way 67-year-old legends are supposed to behave. Or look:

Singer Glen Campbell stands for his booking photo at the Madison Street Jail in Phoenix on Monday
By Michael Chow, Arizona Republic via AP

Update (1540): He’s out on bail.

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  1. mark says:

    At least his mugshot looks better than Nick Nolte’s…

  2. Steven says:

    Not good. I thought he had allegedly cleaned himself up.

    Although if you are going to get kneed in the groin, I guess it is best for the perp to be a drunken senior citizen.

  3. James Joyner says:

    I had a similar thought, myself.