Imperial Stars Face Charges for Freeway Stunt
Remember Imperial Stars? The trio from Garden Grove who thought it would be a great idea if they blocked three lanes of the 101 to play a song called...(wait for it) "Traffic Jam 101?" And then announced to anyone who'd listen that it was to "benefit displaced children of America?"
Well, the Register reports that Christopher Roy Wright, 33, David Paul Hale, 31, and Keith R. Yackey, 32, will stand trial and face one felony count of conspiracy and misdemeanor counts of public nuisance and false imprisonment.
They were arrested in Oct. 2010 after they stopped a truck across three lanes of the 101 at around 11 a.m. and began performing on the roof of the truck. They continued playing as the LAPD and the California Highway Patrol came on to the scene.
According to the story, yesterday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Samuel Mayerson found there was enough evidence for the trio to stand trial, although two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest were dismissed. An arraignment hearing is set for July 14 in Los Angeles.
"This was a well-orchestrated commercial stunt perpetrated by these defendants and their accomplices with no concern for the lives or well-being of thousands of innocent victims who were caught up in the prank," said District Attorney Steve Cooley in a written statement in Nov. 2010, after filing charges against the men.
In case you've forgotten the work of art that was compelling enough for these three men to spend thousands of dollars in bail and lawyers fees, here goes. (It seems that they've since updated the song--is it just me or does it sound better produced?):
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