While riding around the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles, R&B singer Tank was pulled over and got himself in a bit of trouble. According to TMZ, police officers spotted the TGT singer talking on his cell phone while he was driving, which is illegal in California. When the cops asked for Tank’s license he refused to give it to them, another mistake. He was then arrested and charged with failure to obey an officer.
Tank has since been released and went on the Steve Harvey Morning Show to set the record straight today (Oct.3). He said:
I’m minding my business. Talking on my speaker phone. Now, most time when people say ‘speaker phone’ they being lying, because they be talking on the phone. I was actually talking on my speaker phone. A bike pulled up on me with an older gentleman, and he knocks on my window. I’m stopped at a red light. He says, “Give me your license.” I say, “Why do you want that?” He says, “I need your license.” I say, “You gotta tell me why you need my license.” He said, “I don’t have to tell you nothing. Give me your license.” I said, “This aint’ gonna go this way. I don’t who you are or what you’re trying to do.”
According to Tank, the incident happened next to a mall, and he thought the person was mall security. The man then pulled in front of his vehicle and revealed he was Los Angeles police. Tank says the cop then pulled out his gun and more officers drew their weapons as well.
“I think he felt challenged, because he was on a bike, and I didn’t respect the bike. I didn’t know who he was on the bike,” added Tank. “I didn’t tell him he had to ride the bike for the last two weeks. Maybe he did something bad in the car, and they said you gotta ride the bike now.”