It was a disastrous weekend in Minnesota for Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin, even more so than we first thought.
City Pages already reported on his DWI arrest early Sunday morning in rural Minnesota after allegedly fleeing cops at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour. His blood alcohol content at the scene measured 0.31 percent — almost four times the legal limit. Turns out that was Scantlin's second run-in with Minnesota law enforcement in as many days. Fox 9 reports the early-'00s hitmaker was escorted off of a plane at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday morning, hours before his arrest near Bird Island, MN, about 100 miles west of the Twin Cities.
The flight crew of the plane bound for Los Angeles, Scantlin's hometown, determined he was too intoxicated to fly, according to a police report. Scantlin claimed pain medication was responsible for his behavior, but police noted a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. The troubled rocker, 43, said he needed to get to L.A., “because he was a rock star, and he had an important show there, and didn’t want to upset his fans,” the report says.
Scantlin, swaying and visibly upset, had tears in his eyes as police removed him from the plane and put him into a taxi, according to Fox.
Puddle of Mudd was in Minnesota to play (or reportedly lip-synch) the Halfway Jam music festival Friday in Royalton, about 20 miles north of St. Cloud. Scantlin was released on bail Monday from the Renville County Jail after being charged with fleeing police in a motor vehicle, a felony, and two counts of drunken driving. Puddle of Mudd — known for hits like "Blurry" but widely mocked by critics and rock fans — is scheduled to play the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on July 31.
"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 informed City Pages on Monday following the arrest Sunday. It sounds like he needs serious help instead.