Henry Lee Summer Meth Possession Case

May 8th, 2009 by admin


Hoosier rocker Henry Lee Summer was charged today with methamphetamine possession in connection with a traffic stop in which he allegedly tossed the drug out the window and resisted arrest.

Summer, 53 — whose real name is Henry Lee Swartz — led police on a brief chase late Tuesday through a subdivision just north of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, according to a probable cause affidavit. After he stopped, the affidavit says, he lay on the ground but pulled his hands away when Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Kevin LaRussa tried to cuff him.

Summer submitted only after LaRussa used a burst of pepper spray.

Prosecutors today charged Summer with possession of methamphetamine and obstruction of justice, both Class D felonies, plus two counts of resisting law enforcement. Summer, who was released from jail without bond, has an initial hearing set for Tuesday.

The officer had tried to pull over Summer’s black Ford Explorer after he turned onto 30th Street from a parking lot without using a turn signal, the affidavit says.

After Summer turned into the subdivision, the officer reported seeing the driver toss an object out the window; police later found a small box containing 0.1 gram of a crystal meth, the affidavit says.

“I asked him about the suspected meth, to which he replied he thought he was going to need a lawyer,” LaRussa wrote in the affidavit.

Summer still performs, but his career peak came in the 1980s with hits including “I Wish I Had a Girl (Who Walked Like That)” and a cover of the song “Hey Baby.”

Two years ago, he was sentenced to a year of probation after a September 2006 incident in which he admitted to driving drunk through a Far Eastside motor home court. His SUV slammed into cars, trucks and at least one mobile home.

One Response

  1. Mark Littler

    Henry lee Summer is the best would like to here more and wish he had a kareoke disk

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