Country singer Zach Bryan is seen in new bodycam footage telling police officers that he’s a ‘famous musician’ after he was detained in a traffic stop earlier this month.
Bryan, 27, had been pulled over for speeding in Verdigris, Oklahoma, on September 4, three days before his September 7 run-in with cops in Vinita, Oklahoma.
During the September 4 incident, Bryan was pulled over for going 68mph in a 50mph zone and handcuffed. Bodycam footage shows the officer asking Bryan where he currently lives and the singer responding that he ‘doesn’t really feel comfortable sharing his address.’
In the video, he reiterates that he ‘doesn’t feel comfortable’ sharing where he lives. The officer urges him to provide the information he needs for the ticket, or informs the country star that he will go to jail. Then he asked again, ‘are you going to give me the information I need?’
Bryan snapped, ‘I don’t know the address, sir,’ before the officer responded, ‘Why didn’t you just say that, but the singer quipped, ‘because I don’t think it’s any of your business where I live. I’m a famous musician, and I don’t want people knowing where I live.’
The country crooner apologized to the officer and was let go with a warning.
September 4: Country singer Zach Bryan getting pulled over for speeding – going 68mph in a 50mph zone and handcuffed
September 7: Bryan arrested and booked on obstruction of investigation charge but he bonded out less than two hours later
The officer, who happened to attend on of Bryan’s concerts days before the incident, asked Bryan if he supports law enforcement, and the musician responded, ‘Of course I do.’
But added, ‘I don’t support this s**t though. This is crazy.’
The trooper hit back, ‘Listen, just because you are a famous musician doesn’t mean you can deny information.’
He continued: ‘Normally, people don’t refuse their information. When they start refusing information, I don’t recognize you from Adam. ‘I’m out here on a dark roadway, okay?’ according to footage shared by Fox23.
Bryan was let go and not charged in that incident.
‘I don’t think it’s any of your business where I live. I’m a famous musician, and I don’t want people knowing where I live,’ Bryan said when the officer asked for his address
Bryan apologized and was not issued a ticket in the September 4 incident
On September 7, Bryan had a second clash with cops after he was charged with obstruction of an investigation and was taken into custody in Vinita, Oklahoma.
Bryan called himself a ‘dumbass’ and said he ‘acted like an idiot,’ after being disrespectful to a police officer who had pulled over his security guard during the traffic stop.
The hitmaker said he was driving to Boston and his security guard was in another vehicle following him, when his bodyguard was pulled over.
‘I’ve got seven Red Bulls in me, and I just wanted to be completely transparent with everyone who listens to my music about what happened with me getting arrested and everything,’ he told his 2.8 million Instagram followers, The New York Post reported.
During the stop, Bryan got out of his car to see what was happening but the officer urged him to return to his vehicle or he would go to jail.
Recalling the events, he said, ‘I was like, ‘Take me to f–king jail? What do you mean?’ So I get too lippy with him, he brings me over to his car, and I just didn’t help my situation at all,’ he said.
‘I felt like a child, it was ridiculous and immature. I just pray everyone knows I don’t think I’m above the law. I was just being disrespectful and I shouldn’t have been. It was my mistake.’
On September 7, Bryan had a second clash with cops after he was charged with obstruction of an investigation and was taken into custody in Vinita, Oklahoma. Police said he tried to interfere with a traffic stop
Bryan called himself a ‘dumbass’ and said he ‘acted like an idiot,’ after being disrespectful to a police officer who had pulled over his security guard
The officer then threatened to arrest Bryan – but he wouldn’t budge. He was held in custody in the Craig County Jail in connection with the obstruction of an investigation. He bonded out nearly and hour and a half after being booked.
‘I was in jail for a few hours,’ he said, as per the news outlet.
‘When I got there I kind of lightened up because I cooled off. Everyone was super kind. I was in my jail cell for a while.’
He later tweeted an apology on his social media and spoke of the ordeal.
‘Today I had an incident with Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Emotions got the best of me and I was out of line with the things I said,’ he said.
‘I support law enforcement as much as anyone can, I was just frustrated in the moment, it was unlike me and I apologize.’
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