Five-time Grammy-nominated singer El DeBarge, who is well-known for his family’s 1985 hit “Rhythm of the Night,” has been arrested on drugs and weapons charges in Burbank, California.

Authorities detained DeBarge at a gas station on January 8, at 3:40 a.m. PT.

Police had initially noticed DeBarge’s vehicle had expired plates. When they approached the car, they found an expandable metal baton, an illegal weapon in California.

DeBarge was also driving with an expired driver’s license.


They proceeded to search the vehicle and found pepper spray and suspected narcotics believed to be heroin.

He posted a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in March.

El DeBarge, 61, has had a history of drug addiction and legal issues. In 2018, he was charged with vandalism when he allegedly destroyed a man’s windshield with a wrench following a heated argument. He was arrested for domestic violence in 2007 and for drug possession in 2012.

He also served 13 months of a two-year prison sentence due to drug-related crimes in 2008.

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