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Bobby Brown Arrested on DUI Charge

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Just days after the coroner’s announcement that Whitney Houston died of accidental drowning, her ex-husband Bobby Brown was arrested for driving under the influence.

Brown, 43, was pulled over at 12:20 p.m. Monday in the San Fernando Valley for talking on his cell phone, and then failed a field sobriety test, says California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Harris.

The R&B singer was released on his own recognizance about two hours later from the Van Nuys police station jail, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson says.

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Brown, who was divorced from Houston in 2007 after a tumultuous 14-year marriage, has acknowledged a long history of drug and alcohol abuse and related troubles with the law.

Houston, 48, who was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton suite on Feb. 11, died of accidental drowning with contributing factors of heart disease and cocaine abuse, the coroner announced last week.