Campbell Pleads Innocent to Hit-and-Run
"Rhinestone Cowboy" singer Glen Campbell pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of assault and drunken driving in a hit-and-run collision near his Phoenix home on Nov. 24, reports the Associated Press.
At the time of his arrest, officers reportedly confronted Campbell, 67, at his home and took him into custody. Police said he was alternately combative and congenial: The singer allegedly kneed a sergeant in the thigh while at the station, but he also was heard singing at one point while he was being processed.
On Tuesday, waiving his right to a preliminary hearing and pleading before Judge Gregory H. Martin in Maricopa County Superior Court, Campbell said he was innocent of the felony aggravated assault charge and misdemeanor charges of extreme drunken driving, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
Campbell has blamed his arrest on the accidental mixing of alcohol and a prescription anti-anxiety drug.
After the singer entered his plea, the jurist granted a motion requesting that Campbell be allowed to travel, but he ordered Campbell to continue submitting to drug and alcohol screenings. He is due back in court Jan. 15.
Campbell's lawyer, Lawrence Kazan, declined to comment after the arraignment.
Campbell's official Web site says the singer -- whose 27 Top 10 hits also include "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston" and "Gentle on My Mind" -- has given up alcohol and cigarette smoking.