Blues Traveler Singer Signs Autographs After Arraignment
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) Following his arraignment on
weapons charges, the lead singer of Blues Traveler signed
autographs and praised the police.
"I love this country, and the police did a great job," John
C. Popper said Thursday following a brief appearance in
Municipal Court in this central New Jersey township.
Popper's lawyer, Robert Cosgrove, told the judge that Popper,
28, intended to plead innocent.
But Judge Paul Catanese took no plea, saying that the weapons
charges, being indictable offenses, were being turned over to
the Middlesex County prosecutor's office. Two motor vehicle
citations would also be handled by the county prosecutor, the
The prosecutor's office is to decide whether the case would
be presented to a grand jury.
The burly Popper, who lives in nearby Princeton, was allowed
to remain free without bail.
Popper, a harmonica-playing singer, was arrested Sept. 13
after police found hollow-point bullets and a dagger in his car,
Police pulled over Popper's Jeep Grand Cherokee after
noticing Popper had an expired inspection sticker and asked to
search after discovering he had a mounted siren and loudspeaker
typical of police equipment, police said. Popper consented.
The weapons were confiscated, and Popper was also charged
with having an expired vehicle registration.
"I had no idea the bullets were illegal," Popper said
Thursday, before his lawyer intervened. "It was stupid on my
Blues Traveler, a rock band known for extended
improvisational jams characterized by Popper's distinctive
harmonica, had a top 10 hit with its recent single
Popper could face 18 months in jail if convicted, though a
prison term is unlikely for a fourth-degree offense.