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OTRC: Bobby Brown's rep releases statement regarding DUI arrest

Bobby Brown, ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston, has released a statement through his representation regarding his arrest on March 26 for suspicion of driving under the influence.

"Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and Mr. Brown was not driving erratically. He was speaking on his cell phone. Mr. Brown has not been convicted of anything associated with this incident," Tiffany Feder, Brown's legal counsel said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Mr. Brown is taking this matter seriously and an investigation is underway. The legal process shall run its course."

A California Highway Patrol spokesperson said officers saw Brown talking on his cell phone and pulled him over in Van Nuys, located in Los Angeles Country's San Fernando Valley, around 12:20 p.m. on Monday, March 26. He then failed a field sobriety test. It is illegal to use a hand-held device to speak or text in California.

Brown was released on his own recognizance after about two hours.

The 43-year-old New Edition singer has battled substance abuse for years and has a prior DUI conviction from 1996. He pleaded guilty to the charge six years later and was sentenced to eight days in jail. In 2004, he was sentenced to 60 days behind bars for violating his probation, months after he was arrested and charged with battery following a domestic dispute with Houston.

In 2008, he was sentenced to a year of community service after police found him in an SUV in possession of a small amount of cocaine.

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