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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ron White Busted with Some Green in Florida

Comedian Ron White has one more arrest story to use in his skits.

The Vero Beach Police Department arrested the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” star on Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. In what appears like a publicity stunt, an "anonymous tipster" told Vero Beach Police detectives an airplane would be landing at 5 p.m. at the city’s airport with a passenger carrying illegal drugs, said Officer John Morrison, spokesman for the Vero Beach Police Department.

White, on the Treasure Coast to perform at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, was booked at the Indian River County Jail at 6:07 p.m. Wednesday and released at 8:06 p.m. after posting $1,000 bail, said Deputy Jeff Luther, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Only White and the pilot were on the plane, and the 51-year-old comedian was cooperative with detectives, who during the search found less than 3 grams of marijuana and a pipe to smoke the drug, Morrison said.

White began his sold-out performance at the 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre more than an hour late Wednesday and is scheduled to do a second sold-out show there Thursday.

He is best known for his days on the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” with fellow comedians and friends Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy.

Holding a glass of scotch in one hand and a cigarette or cigar in the other, White often includes jokes in his acts about being arrested and charged with public intoxication after being thrown out of a New York bar and booked in Texas with the alias “Tater Salad.”

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