Although Brown is still on probation from his conviction for assaulting Rihanna in 2009, he’s unlikely to go to jail for a probation violation over the incident, despite tabloid reports.
Brown was driving his Range Rover with girlfriend Karruche Tran last week when he hit the back of a Mercedes in Toluca Lake near Los Angeles. These things happen, right? You hand over your driver’s license, insurance information, apologize and move on.
But not Brown.
The woman driving the Mercedes has apparently complained to police that Brown refused to provide his driver’s license and the insurance information he gave her turned out to be fake. What’s more, he copped an attitude when she repeatedly asked for it.
Now, Los Angeles police would like to have a word with Brown, according to gossip site TMZ. Surprisingly, California has a strict hit-and-run traffic law.
Brown could be charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run if he failed to identify himself, since there was property damage, according to California traffic law. The law stipulates that he must provide his name and address and driver’s license and vehicle registration, if requested.
More serious hit-and-run felony charges only apply if there is bodily injury. The law applies no matter who is at fault and a conviction could result in up to a $1,000 and/or six months in jail. To be convicted a court must find that you “willfully” violated the law.
The singer could also be in trouble if he did not have proper insurance. But that could only lead to loss of driving privileges. Given the fact that Chris stopped and talked with the other driver, may help him avoid charges.
As part of Brown’s 2009 assault conviction, he was assigned community service, required to get anger management counseling and placed on five years’ unsupervised probation, with the proviso that he obey all laws or face jail.