Country singer Zach Bryan is seen on new bodycam footage telling police officers he is a “famous musician” during his arrest earlier this month.
Bryan, 27, was stopped for speeding on September 4 in Verdigris, Oklahoma, three days before his September 7 collision with police in Vinita, Oklahoma.
During the September 4 incident, Bryan was stopped for going 68 mph in a 50 mph 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 him that he will go to jail. Then I asked again, “Are you going to give me the information I need?”
Bryan snapped, “I don’t know the address, sir,” before the officer replied, “Why didn’t you just say that, but the singer joked, ‘because I guess it’s none of your business where I live.’ . I’m a famous musician and I don’t want people to know where I live.’
The country crooner apologized to the officer and was released with a warning.
September 4: Country singer Zach Bryan is stopped for speeding – going 60 mph in a 50 mph zone and handcuffed
September 7: Bryan arrested and booked on obstruction of investigation charge, but he left less than two hours later
The officer, who happened to be attending his concerts days before the incident, asked Bryan if he supported law enforcement, and the musician replied, “Of course I do.”
But added: “I don’t support this s**t though. This is crazy.’
The officer responded, “Look, just because you’re a famous musician doesn’t mean you can deny information.”
He continued: “Normally people don’t refuse their information. If they start denying information, I won’t recognize you from Adam,” he said, “I’m standing here on a dark roadway, okay?” This is evident from images shared by Fox23.
Bryan apologized and didn’t get a ticket.
On September 7, Bryan had a second run-in with police after he was charged with obstructing an investigation and taken into custody in Vinita, Oklahoma.
Bryan called himself a “dumb” and said he “acted like an idiot” after reacting dismissively to an offer from police who had arrested his security guard during the traffic stop.
He said he was driving to Boston and his security guard was chasing him in another vehicle when his bodyguard was pulled over.
“I have seven Red Bulls in me, and I just wanted to be completely transparent with everyone who listens to my music, about what happened when I got arrested and all that,” 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 going on, but the officer urged him to return to his vehicle or he would go to jail.
Remembering the events, he said, “I thought, ‘Take me to the king’s prison?’ What do you mean?’ So I get too lippy with him, he walks me to his car, and I haven’t helped my situation at all,” he said.
‘I felt like a child, it was ridiculous and immature. I pray that everyone knows that I do not think I am above the law. I was just being disrespectful and I shouldn’t have been. It was my fault.’
The officer then threatened to arrest Bryan, but he didn’t back down. He was taken into custody at the Craig County Jail on charges of obstructing an investigation. He left almost an hour and a half after being booked.
“I was in jail for a few hours,” he said, the news station reported. “When I got there, I got a little lighter because I was cooling down. Everyone was super nice. I was in my cell for a while.”
He tweeted an apology on his social media and spoke about the ordeal.
“Today I had an incident with Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Emotions got the best of me and I was inconsistent with the things I said,” he said.
“I support law enforcement as much as anyone can, I was just frustrated at the time, it was unlike me and I apologize.”