Like shooting goateed, backwards cap-wearing fish in a barrel, it's inexhaustibly easy to rag on Puddle of Mudd. But, with the DWI arrest of obviously troubled frontman Wes Scantlin on Sunday in rural Minnesota, it's becoming a lot less fun.
Fresh off a (reportedly lip-synched) set at the Halfway Jam music fest on Friday in Royalton, MN, Scantlin fled Renville County police at speeds around 100 miles per hour Sunday on Hwy. 212 near Bird Island, MN, about 100 miles west of the Twin Cities, according to charges. Police managed to stop the former rock star in his Lincoln sedan around 4 a.m., and arrested him after his blood alcohol content at the scene measured 0.31 percent — almost four times the legal limit. Scantlin, 43, was slurring, smelled of alcohol, and had bloodshot eyes, according to the criminal complaint. He refused further alcohol concentration tests after speaking with his attorney.
Scantlin, who posted bail Monday in Renville County District Court, faces felony charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle and two counts of drunken driving. "All I can tell you is Wes is out of jail, he's on his way home, and he's playing all of the remaining scheduled shows," Puddle of Mudd manager Chris Majors informs City Pages. That places the troubled singer in Las Vegas on July 31 — not exactly a hotbed of responsible decision making. Here's a timeline of recent disturbing behavior from the post-grunge singer who scored major radio hits ("Blurry," "She Hates Me") in the early '00s.
- Arrested for domestic violence in his hometown of Los Angeles (May 2013)
- Onstage meltdown in Dallas following lip-synching charges from the audience (April 2014)
- Arrested at Denver International Airport after being found, um, riding the baggage carousel (January 2015)
- Reportedly injured a fan during an onstage meltdown in Scottsdale, Arizona (April 2015)
- Arrested at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee — what is it with this guy and airports? — for disorderly conduct (April 2015)
- Booed offstage at a rural Ohio venue following lip-synching charges from the audience (June 2015)