Cali Band That Halted Freeway Gets Felony Charges
You may recall the ridiculous plight of a California band named Imperial Stars. Struggling for recognition, the hip-hop fusion group blocked the busy 101 freeway in Los Angeles, just off the Hollywood exit, with a gigantic promotional tour bus and performed to thousands of irate onlookers that were barred from getting to work. Well, hopefully it was worth it to them. The band now faces felony charges for conspiracy and misdemeanors for resisting arrest, public nuisance and false imprisonment.
"This was not a matter involving free speech or lawful protest," Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said. "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."
Band members Christopher Wright, David Hale and Keith Yackey still don't have a concrete court date, but it looks like the authorities aren't going to let them off too easily. The band not only resisted arrest but instructed the driver of the bus, which was filled with pictures of the band and logos, to take the keys and run. Authorities had to call-in a tow truck during gridlock rush hour traffic to remove the gigantic vehicle from the freeway before cars could begin moving.
Making things probably worse for themselves, Imperial Stars released a song and accompanying music video called 'Traffic Jam 101.' Nope, we aren't kidding.