R&B vocalist Gerald Levert was arrested early Friday in Cleveland during a confrontation with police at a downtown intersection, authorities said. Levert, 38, was cited on charges of driving under

R&B vocalist Gerald Levert was arrested early Friday in Cleveland during a confrontation with police at a downtown intersection, authorities said. Levert, 38, was cited on charges of driving under the influence and impeding the flow of traffic.

He was then arrested on charges of obstructing official business, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, police Lt. Wayne Drummond said.

Levert was driving one of two cars that stopped near where another motorist had been pulled over for speeding at 12:45 a.m. As people in both cars approached police for an explanation why the driver had been stopped, they were told to leave, but refused, police reported.

Drummond said Levert became angry and shoved an officer, who used pepper spray to subdue him. Levert is a native of Newbury, about 20 miles east of Cleveland.

"The allegations against Mr. Levert have no merit whatsoever," the artist's lawyer said in a statement. "In compliance with the law, Mr. Levert is eagerly awaiting his day in court so that he can not only show his community and his fans that he is not guilty of any of these charges but so he can also be fully exonerated."


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