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Bobby Brown freed after DUI arrest

File photo: Whitney Houston and then husband Bobby Brown.Singer Bobby Brown was released from custody Monday afternoon, a few hours after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Authorities said he was booked and will face a court date later.

The arrest occurred at 12:20 p.m. Monday near the corner of Victory Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Harris. Officers pulled Brown over for talking on his cellphone but then administered a field sobriety test, Harris said.

The arrest comes four days after the Los Angeles County coroner's office released the results of its autopsy on Brown's ex-wife, Whitney Houston.

Houston appears to have used cocaine "in the time period just immediately prior to her collapse in the bathtub at the hotel," L.A. County Chief Coroner Craig Harvey had said. Houston, 48, was determined to have accidentally drowned Feb. 11 after an apparent heart episode with cocaine as contributing factor.

Officials would not say how much of the drug was in her system. But Harvey, the coroner's operations chief, said the toxicology findings "suggested chronic usage" of the drug.

Brown and Houston's 14-year marriage was tarnished by drug abuse, Brown's run-ins with the law and allegations of domestic abuse. It became fodder for the tabloids and entertainment shows and for a year was on display on the reality show "Being Bobby Brown."


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Photo: Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. Credit: Associated Press

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