CORNELIA, Ga. — “Aaron’s Party” seems to still be raging on, even at this late date.
Port Richey native Aaron Carter—the pop princeling who was responsible for such celebrated radio hits as Let the Music Heal Your Soul and Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) as a boy—found himself on the wrong side of the spotlight last weekend after police in Georgia found him driving erratically.
“He was driving all over the road and driving into the median,” reported Habersham County sheriff’s Captain Floyd Canup.
The 29-year-old Carter and his girlfriend, Madison Ann Parker, were found in the possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Carter was charged with drug offenses, including driving under the influence.
Released on bail Sunday, the pop star trotted out a number of excuses on Twitter, each of which law enforcement handily debunked.
First, Carter tweeted that he had a license to carry medical marijuana for “long standing anxiety.”
“It’s not the green, leafy type which he had,” Canup countered, pointing out that Georgia law doesn’t permit the type of marijuana the singer had.
Carter also tweeted that he was not in a moving car at the time of the arrest, which happened in the parking lot of an auto parts store.
“He was seen behind the wheel before the vehicle pulled in,” Canup was quick to clarify.
In perhaps his least credible tweet, Carter expressed a belief that his “celebrity was targeted,” leading to the arrest. (The singer has charted 3 times with songs in the U.S., most recently in 2001.) Carter and his older brother, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, lost their father recently, which could account for the younger sibling acting out.
Parker was also arrested in the incident and—in addition to the expected drug-related charges—was charged with obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers, suggesting that she was somewhat less than a model prisoner.
Adversity aside, the show must go on for Carter, whose first gig scheduled after the arrest was in Birmingham, Alabama at that most prestigious of venues: a shopping mall.
All things considered, he might have been better off in jail!