Attorney for Ted Nugent’s drummer enters not guilty pleas in golf cart incident

Posted Aug. 15, 2012, at 11:38 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 15, 2012, at 6:51 p.m.
Mick Brown
Penobscot County Jail
Mick Brown

BANGOR, Maine — The drummer for musician Ted Nugent was not at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Wednesday, but his lawyer was.

Bangor attorney Richard Hartley entered not guilty pleas on behalf of his client, Mick Brown, 55, of Cave Creek, Ariz., to charges of operating under the influence of intoxicants, driving to endanger, theft and assault.

Efforts to reach Hartley on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Dubbed “Wild” Mick in the metal community, Brown is best known as co-founder of 1980s hitmakers Dokken, according to Billboard magazine’s website. He is also a member of Tooth & Nail with former Dokken guitarist George Lynch.

Brown, 55, was arrested by Bangor police on Sunday, July 8, after he allegedly stole a golf cart used by Waterfront Concerts staff and was drunkenly driving it around the Front Street area at about 9:45 p.m.

Brown remains free on $4,000 bail. His next court date has not been scheduled, according to the court clerk’s office.

Bangor police Officers Steve Jordan and Jim Dearing were working at the waterfront pavilion during the July 8 show featuring Styx, REO Speedwagon and Nugent when security alerted them to an incident behind the stage, according to a news release from police Sgt. Paul Edwards issued on July 9.

Several people had attempted to stop Brown, but he had sped away on the golf cart down the footpath near the Sea Dog restaurant, the sergeant said. Jordan later observed the cart with two women on board near the Railroad Street crossing and attempted to stop Brown, again without success.

After Brown had accelerated past officers, Edwards said, a security officer got close enough to stop him, but Brown gave the officer a shove. Two other security team members removed Brown from the cart and he was placed under arrest.

All four crimes to which Brown pleaded not guilty Wednesday are misdemeanors, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office. All but the driving to endanger charge are Class D crimes punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,000 fine. The driving to endanger charge is a Class E crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up $1,000.

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