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American Idol Finalist Taylor Hicks Pot-Bust Past Revealed

May 2, 2006

American Idol finalist and fan favorite Taylor Hicks reportedly has a drug arrest in his past. The silver haired singer was once arrested even spent some time locked up for a pot bust, Star Magazine is reporting.

Taylor's past pot charges were dropped

Taylor's past pot charges were dropped

The magazine reports that American Idol's 'gray-haired soul stylist' recently admitted in an interview that he'd been arrested for marijuana possession while in college.

"The charges were dismissed," said Hicks, 29 - but not before he was booked into an Alabama jail cell.


Here are the details according to Star:

The Birmingham, Ala., native was a 21- year-old student at Auburn University when he was pulled over by Alabama State Trooper Jason Black on July 2, 1998, while driving his red Ford Explorer near Tuskegee. In public court documents obtained by Star, Trooper Black wrote:

"Subject was stopped for a traffic violation. When I approached the vehicle, I detected the odor of marijuana. When subject opened the glove box to get tag receipt, a wood pipe fell out. The subject said it was a 'pot pipe.' The subject was placed under arrest, read his rights and placed in my patrol vehicle. The subject told me he had marijuana in the vehicle, and that he was going to the beach and that it was just for personal use."


Hicks' car was impounded, and he was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia before being taken to the Macon County Jail in Tuskegee. The facility's records show Hicks was released later that same afternoon after hiring a bail bondsman to pay $500 bond.


But rest easy Taylor fans. The rising star's charges were dropped and "dismissed for want of prosecution."

Full report is here at Star.

--Josh Hart


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