November 17, 2012
VAN NUYS, Calif. (KTLA) -- Bobby Brown pleaded not guilty Friday to his second drunk driving charge in seven months.
Since it's a misdemeanor charge, Brown was not required to be present in court, and his attorney entered the plea.
The troubled singer, 43, was pulled over on Oct. 24 when police say they observed him driving erratically near Corbin Ave. and Topanga Cyn. in Tarzana.
Officers asked Brown to get out of his car, and they performed a field sobriety test and then arrested him.
He also faces charges of driving on a restricted license and driving a vehicle without an interlock ignition device.
Brown is currently on probation from a DUI arrest in March, less than a month after ex-wife Whitney Houston died in a hotel bathtub following cocaine use.
In April, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor DUI charge and was sentenced to three years and a day of probation.
Brown was also fined $390 dollars and ordered to attend a 90-day alcohol education program.
The star was previously convicted of DUI in Georgia in 1996.
His latest arrest came months after he reportedly checked himself into a rehab facility for alcohol abuse issues, from which he has suffered for many years.
At the time, a source close to the former "New Edition" singer told TMZ that he wanted to "make the best out of the rest of his life for his children's sake."
His wife of less than two months, Alicia Etheridge, said her husband was "doing great," though she would not confirm the particulars of his treatment.
Brown began dating Etheridge in 2007. The pair married in Hawaii in back June.
Brown and Whitney Houston filed for legal separation in 2006 after a tumultuous 14-year marriage.
He recently denied introducing Houston to drugs, saying that he had been sober for years.