CORNELIA, Ga. — Aaron Carter feels his “celebrity was targeted” during his arrest on driving under the influence and drug charges in north Georgia over the weekend.
Authorities say the 29-year-old singer was released on bail Sunday. Carter, of Port Richey, Florida, is accused of drunken driving and possession of marijuana and drug-related objects.
Carter is accused of drunken driving and possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and paraphernalia.
Carter’s girlfriend, Madison Ann Parker, 26, of Studio City, California, also was arrested with Carter on Saturday and charged with obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers, possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects, jail records show.
Carter’s vehicle was stopped on a highway in Cornelia, which is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta.
Carter was scheduled to perform in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday night. A tweet from his account hours before the show said he wouldn’t make it because of “transportation issues.”
Due to transportation issues, Aaron will not make his set time tonight in Kansas City. He promises to come … https://t.co/ClRJxaiGoZ
— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) July 15, 2017
Carter is the younger brother of Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys.
Nick Carter tweeted his support:
To my brother: I love u no matter what & if u feel the need to reach for help, I am here and willing to help you get better.
— Nick Carter (@nickcarter) July 16, 2017
Aaron responded to his arrest and his brother’s tweets with a statement, saying he was arrested at an Auto Zone “with aggression.” His statement also says “Aaron holds a medical license for medical marijuana for his long standing (sic) anxiety. He feels his ‘celebrity’ was targeted.”
Thank you ALL for your prayers & well wishes. I am so sorry to all my fans that I missed. The truth will come out! Read my statement here: pic.twitter.com/XaiKqUeXxh
— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) July 17, 2017
Habersham County sheriff’s Capt. Floyd Canup said Monday that Carter was arrested after another motorist called 911 to report that he was “driving all over the road” on a Georgia highway.
“He was driving all over the road and driving into the median,” Canup said.
Georgia law doesn’t allow the type of marijuana found during the arrest, Canup said.
“It’s not the green, leafy type which he had,” he said.
Carter also tweeted that he was not in a moving vehicle while he was arrested.
However, Canup said that after the 911 call was made, a deputy spotted Carter behind the wheel as he turned into a local auto parts store.
The deputy then watched as Carter, wearing a white fish-net tank top and black shorts, got out of the driver’s seat of the white Chevy Suburb and walked toward the store entrance, the deputy wrote in his report.
Carter said his next show, set for Monday night at a shopping mall in Birmingham, Alabama, will go on as scheduled.