The state of Arkansas is prepared to pardon Keith Richards for being a reckless driver, 31 years later.
The state Parole Board on July 3 approved an application for clemency submitted on behalf of Richards, the 62-year-old guitarist for the Rolling Stones, by Gov. Mike Huckabee.
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Richards was arrested July 5, 1975, as he, bandmate Ron Wood, a security guard and a fan traveled from Memphis, Tennessee, to Dallas, Texas.
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Richards was charged with reckless driving and possession of a concealed knife, and the fan was charged with possession of a controlled substance. The knife charge was dropped, and Richards pleaded guilty to reckless driving and paid a $162.50 fine.
This brings back memories, because I was with the rest of the Stones early that day, visiting my friend their guitar tech Ted "Newman" Jones, whom I brought some antique tickets to a Midnight Ramble at the old Daisy Theater on Beale Street from probably the 1930's or 40's to share with the boys in honor of their song. Ted said Keith and a roadie wanted to drive through Arkansas to the next gig to absorb the atmosphere. 'Nuff said.