Stephen M. Silverman
September 02, 2003 01:00 PM

Singer Bobby Brown was released Friday morning from Georgia’s DeKalb County jail, where he was immediately forced to pay $1,100 for traffic and marijuana possession charges that he had incurred last November, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Brown, 33, entered a guilty plea to driving without a license and speeding, and no contest to the charges of marijuana possession and failing to have proof of insurance, officials told the newspaper.

Last Wednesday, the singer, who is married to Whitney Houston, was sentenced to serve nine days in jail and 60 days under house arrest for violating the terms of his probation stemming from a drunken driving conviction.

Brown was released after serving only two days on account of good behavior, said DeKalb officials.

After an anonymous tip to police, Brown had been arrested the previous Friday after sitting down to dinner with Houston at a restaurant in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, reported the Associated Press. He was taken to DeKalb County Jail and released Saturday evening.

The singer of such hits as “My Prerogative” and “Every Little Step” was sentenced in DeKalb in January after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge from 1996. He was sentenced to eight days in prison and 240 hours of community service, and was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and not drive for a year.

Brown served the time, finishing the sentence in an Atlanta hospital after he reportedly fell ill, but he seemingly forgot about the rest of his sentence. Georgia authorities have been searching for the performer since July 17, when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

This was not Brown’s first run-in with the law. In 2000 he served 26 days in a Florida jail for a previous probation violation relating to another drunken-driving incident.

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