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Singer Campbell pleads not guilty

The Associated Press

His next court appearance in a case alleging assault and drunken driving is Jan. 15.

The Associated Press

PHOENIX – Country singer Glen Campbell pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of assault and drunken driving in a hit-and-run collision near his Phoenix home last month.

Campbell waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded before Judge Gregory H. Martin in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Campbell, 67, was accused of kneeing an officer after he was arrested Nov. 24 for allegedly striking another car and leaving the scene. Nobody was hurt.

He pleaded not guilty to a felony aggravated assault charge and misdemeanor charges of extreme drunken driving, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Extreme drunken driving applies to a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent or higher. Breath tests on Campbell showed he had a 0.20 blood-alcohol level at the time of his arrest, according to court documents. The legal limit for Arizona drivers is 0.08 percent.

Campbell’s misdemeanor charges were initially handled by Phoenix Municipal Court but were later transferred to Superior Court.

Yesterday, Martin also granted a motion requesting that Campbell be allowed to travel but ordered that he continue to submit to drug and alcohol screening.

His next court appearance was scheduled for Jan. 15.

Campbell’s attorney, Lawrence Kazan, declined to comment after the arraignment.

Campbell, who has lived in Arizona for 22 years and has no prior convictions, was hugely successful in the 1960s and early ’70s with a string of hits on the pop and country charts, including “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Galveston,” “Gentle on My Mind” and the Grammy-winning “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.”

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