Singer R. Kelly may have missed a court date in his child pornography case because of a traffic stop by the Utah Highway Patrol.
The UHP confirmed Wednesday that it stopped the R&B singer's tour buses on I-70 near Green River on Tuesday for speeding and commercial driving violations.
"My trooper saw four buses traveling in convoy and measured the first bus at 101 mph and the other three at 99," UHP Lt. David Bennion told the Deseret Morning News. "They had GPS on the bus, and it confirmed the same speed."
The trooper issued speeding tickets to the drivers of the tour buses. An officer for the UHP's motor carrier division inspected the log books of the buses and found numerous problems.
"There was a violation on every single one of them," Bennion said. "One didn't have a log book. One showed he was in New Orleans. It was way out of date."
Troopers ordered the buses to be stopped for a mandatory 10 hours, meaning the drivers couldn't go anywhere. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, that caused R. Kelly to miss a court date Wednesday in Chicago for his child pornography case.
Kelly, 40, is accused of videotaping himself having sex with a girl believed to be 13 or 14 years old. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges in Cook County, Ill.
Kelly has had a string of hits on the R&B and pop music charts, ranging from the Grammy-winning "I Believe I Can Fly" to, as a Billboard magazine labels them, songs distinctive for their "explicit carnality," such as "Sex Me" and "Your Body's Callin'."
R. Kelly's Web site said he had performed a concert on Sunday in Sacramento, Calif., and one of his defense attorneys said he was detained because of weather conditions. The Sun-Times reported Kelly's attorney told the judge the singer made every effort to make it to court on time. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest, but held off on enforcing it until Thursday, when Kelly was ordered to appear in court again.
The UHP said it did not delay Kelly's court appearance."R. Kelly was free to go with whatever means they could get out of there," Bennion said. "No one was detained, just no one could drive those buses."
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