Life's a ride when you're a rock star. Sometimes, that's just a ride around an airport luggage carousel -- and it ends with said rockstar getting arrested.
Puddle of Mudd lead singer Wes Scantlin -- one of the brains behind the 2001 hit, "She Hates Me" -- was arrested last month for hopping on the oversize baggage carousel at Denver International Airport. Yesterday, Denver's 7News published security camera footage of the incident:
"Evidently, someone in their group was egging him on to do it," Seth Daniels, the promoter behind the band's January 16 show in Denver, told Westword after the incident. "They were videotaping it for, I don't know, TryToStayRelevant.com," he joked.
Days later, Scantlin appeared to acknowledged the incident, posting this pseudo-apology on Facebook:
In an email to The Huffington Post, DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery said this was a rare incident for the airport. He could only recall one other carousel-rider, almost 20 years ago. In this case, Montgomery said Scantlin "was detected and apprehended almost immediately."
As for why it's illegal, Montgomery explained Scantlin was actually trespassing. The rear of the carousel accesses a section of the airport that's off limits to passengers.
"There is a baggage make-up area used by the airlines behind the carousel," he explained. "It’s a secured area of the airport and restricted to airport and airline employees."
Compounding matters, 7News reports Scantlin was already a wanted man in Denver. In 2006, police caught him driving without a license, speeding 25 to 39 mph over the limit. He failed to appear in court and had a warrant issued for his arrest.
This isn't the rocker's first run-in with airport security, either. In 2012, a JetBlue flight had to make an emergency landing in Texas after Scantlin created a disturbance onboard. Police in Austin charged him with public intoxication.