R&B singer Lyfe Jennings was arrested in Smyrna, Georgia, on Sunday night after police said he fired a gun in the air and attempted to evade arrest by leading them on a high-speed car chase. He was booked on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass, discharging a firearm near a public highway and refusal to take a DUI test, as well as two felony counts of attempting to elude and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jennings, 35, (born Chester Jennings) was attempting to locate the mother of his children, Joy Pound, when he allegedly kicked in the door of a house in Smyrna and later fired a gun in the street. Corporal Milton Lane of the Smyrna Police Department told MTV News that when police arrived on the scene to respond to the shots fired in what they believed was a domestic dispute, they witnessed a red 2005 Corvette leaving the address.
A high-speed pursuit ensued, and Jennings was apprehended after he crashed the car. Once he was stopped, the warrant in the case said he refused a field sobriety test and police smelled “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from his mouth. TMZ has posted a copy of the arrest report.
Jennings posted $50,000 bond on Monday night. At press time, a spokesperson at the singer’s label had no comment on the incident.
Before launching his music career, Jennings began a 10-year prison sentence on a felony arson charge in 1992 at age 19. Shortly after his release, he made a name for himself by winning the amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, and released his first album, Lyfe 268-192, in 2004.