Chris Brown managed to turn himself in to jail on Monday in connection with his hit-and-run case and slip out in less than an hour with hardly anyone noticing.
According to online records from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Brown arrived at the Van Nuys jail at 2:40 p.m., was booked two minutes later and then released at 3:22 p.m. with no bail.
MTV News was not able to reach Brown’s lawyer or an official at the jail at press time for further details. Due to chronic overcrowding issues, his rapid booking and release is not unusual in Los Angeles County, which has seen a number of high-profile celebrities including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie processed and released within hours or days of turning themselves in on various driving and drug-related counts.
Brown had adamantly denied the charges from the Los Angeles city attorney, which claimed that he got into an accident with a Mercedes Benz and refused to show his driver’s license and then reportedly gave false insurance information. The singer was charged with two counts in the case: including hit-and-run (leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging proper information) and driving without a valid license.
He was facing up to six months in jail for each offense. On June 25, Brown tweeted, “It’s not a hit and run if u get out the car, exchange information (who has NO DAMAGE to either cars). This is really ridiculous.” He also alleged that the woman who he hit was “thinking of a payday from Chris Brown.”
It's not a hit and run if u get out the car, exchange information (who has NO DAMAGE to either cars).This is really ridiculous
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) June 25, 2013
While Brown, 24, didn’t appear to comment directly on his quick trip to the jail, early Tuesday morning (August 6) he wrote, “Home don’t feel like home. Too many vacant rooms.”
Home don't feel like home. Too many vacant rooms.
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) August 6, 2013
Last month, a judge revoked Brown’s probation from his 2009 assault on former girlfriend Rihanna in connection with the hit-and-run case. He is free pending an August 19 hearing in the probation matter, but is facing up to four years in jail if he is found in violation.