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[From WXIA-TV Atlanta]

Brown Cuffed for Parole Violation

Web Editor: Sean Rowe
Last Modified: 8/23/2003 7:33:49 PM

Police arrested singer Bobby Brown -- again -- as he dined with his wife, pop diva Whitney Houston, at an Alpharetta restaurant Friday night.

Officers served Brown his arrest warrant for parole violation at the Atlantic Seafood restaurant. Restaurant manager Grey Staples said neither Brown, his wife or Alpharetta police caused a stir at the popular eatery.

Restaurant manager Grey Staples said, "It's 10:30 at night, slowing down, no commotion. They came in. I don't think they were really noticed as much. They sat at a table in the back of the restaurant, just having a nice dinner."

Maples met the Alpharetta police officers when they arrived at the restaurant to take Brown into custody. Authorities said an anonymous caller tipped them off to seeing Brown at the restaurant.

"We didn't want to make a big thing. We didn't want a lot of officers rushing in here. It wasn't like that," Maples said.

"Two officers came in, they were following me, [I] over to the table and said 'Mr. Brown, the Alpharetta Police Department's here. They would like to speak to you.' [Brown and Houston] simply, couldn't have been more professional. [Brown] got up. [Police] escorted him outside," the restaurant manager said.

Brown was placed in a police cruiser as Houston left in her own vehicle. The restaurant was left with their unpaid bill.

Police claim Brown violated three conditions of a parole agreement set after Brown pleaded guilty to a 1996 charge of driving under the influence in DeKalb County. Brown allegedly failed to attend the substance abuse program, perform his community service or follow through with random drug testing.

At Brown's sentencing last January, DeKalb Judge Wayne Purdom required Brown:

    Be fined $2,000 plus $800 in court costs
    Attend 6 months of a substance abuse program
    Be prohibited from operating a motor vehicle for a year
    Complete 240 hours of community service

Last November, Brown was arrested in Atlanta on charges of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of insurance.

After posting bond in Atlanta for the November arrest, Brown was transferred to the neighboring DeKalb County Jail to face the older charges. He was then released on $10,000 bond.

Officials have not said how Brown violated his parole.

NEWSFILE: 11 AUGUST 2003

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