By DERRICK MAHONE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
R&B singer/songwriter Lyfe Jennings was arrested Sunday on gun charges in Smyrna while trying to locate the mother of his children, police said.
Jennings, 35, whose real name is Chester Jennings, kicked in the door of a residence on Springwoods Drive in Smyrna while looking for Joy Bounds, according to an arrest warrant. He fired the gun in the street and later tried to run from the Smyrna police when they arrived, police said.
He posted a $50,000 bond Monday night. Jennings could not be reached for comment. In addition to the gun charges and trespassing, he has been charged with eluding police and driving under the influence.
Jennings served 10 years in prison from 1992-2002 on a felony charge when he was 19.
Jennings music career started after his December 2002 prison release when he won the amateur contest at the Apollo five times.
His first album, released in August 2004, was titled “Lyfe 268-192,” with the numbers representing his prison number.
Jennings’ biggest hit was “Must Be Nice” which was on the first album.
Smyrna police chased Jennings after receiving a call about a gunshot fired. Police followed Jennings in his red Corvette along Concord Road, where he was going about 70 mph according to the warrant.
Once he was stopped, Jennings refused a field sobriety test. The warrant said he “had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from his breath.
Dang! That's messed up....and we ain't even gonna talk about this mug shot....
“Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion."