‘Wild’ Mick Brown explains golf cart cop chase
‘Wild’ Mick Brown says last year’s golf cart cop chase drama was the most trouble he’s ever been in.
The drummer was touring as part of Ted Nugent’s band last July when he was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol, driving to endanger, theft and assault. He was later fined $1000 after a plea-bargain.
But he says it was a daily occurrence that just happened to get out of control.
Brown – who co-founded Dokken and plays with offshoot band T&N – tells BackstageAxxess: “We’re playing these big venues which all have golf carts to get around. I love riding around on these things. The bass player and I do it a lot – we get drunk and we drive around. It’s a lot of fun. Whenever I see a key in one we hop in and go. It was nothing out of the ordinary.
“So this day I happened to do it and there were some girls I knew in the audience. I went and got them. We were riding around, everyone was having a fun time, then I came to an area where the security guy didn’t really want me to go. I told him to fuck my fucking dick, and that didn’t fly really well. He called the police and said, ‘This guy stole a golf cart.’
“The police show up, and at this point I happen to be on a public road, trying to get back into the venue. I got tackled, shackled, the whole thing, and went to jail.
“It cost a lot – I could have bought a couple of golf carts with that…”
Brown appears in his arrest mugshot with an expression that explains how he felt about the situation. “To me it seemed kinda funny,” he says. “Everybody took it pretty serious. I’d never been in big trouble – I didn’t know if this was big trouble.”
Nugent helped him deal with the drama, particularly after the story went global. “Ted was the most understanding,” the drummer recalls. “He said, ‘Listen, your head’s going to spin because this went worldwide. When I say something about the president and the secret service shows up, look at the flak you get for something I said. Now I’m going to have to answer for you for the next three days. Better you than me!’”
And the funniest part of the story for Brown is the way the mainstream press reported the incident. “The story went that I’d stopped to pick up girls during a high-speed police chase… on a golf cart at eight miles an hour!”