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Allman Brothers Band member arrested

Published Sep. 13, 1997|Updated Oct. 1, 2005

Dickey Betts, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band and a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, was arrested Friday, accused of acting obscenely at a strip club and then refusing to leave.

The 53-year-old was charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor. He was taken to the Sarasota County Jail, fingerprinted, photographed and released on recognizance.

Betts, who lives in Osprey, could not be reached for comment.

According to a Sarasota County sheriff's report, a manager at the Cheetah Club asked Betts to leave at 1:40 a.m. because of the musician's "obscene behavior."

Betts cursed repeatedly and refused to leave, the report said.

Deputies were called to the Washington Boulevard club, where they told Betts to leave. They arrested him when he insisted on staying.

The report did not detail Betts' behavior. A club manager refused to discuss it.

The arrest was Betts' second in Southwest Florida in the past year.

In December, he was charged with putting a gun to his wife's head and threatening her life. Betts' wife, Donna, told investigators her husband had been injecting heroin and cocaine.

The Bettses agreed to enter a drug rehabilitation center, and the charge was dropped in April.

Betts, whose real name is Forrest Richard Betts, grew up in Oneco. As a teenager he pursued a music career after winning a talent contest at the Manatee County Fair.

He is an original member of The Allman Brothers Band, which has been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Betts' notable contributions to the band included penning its most famous song, Ramblin Man.

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