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Chris Brown jailed in hit-and-run case, released 40 minutes later

Aug. 7, 2013 at 8:00 AM ET

Chris Brown appearing in court on July 15 in Los Angeles.
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Chris Brown appearing in court on July 15 in Los Angeles.

Well, that was fast: Chris Brown reported to jail on Monday at 2:40 p.m., was booked and then released at 3:22 p.m. without any bail, reports MTV News, which got the details from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The brief jail stay was in relation to an alleged hit-and-run in May, when an attorney claimed that Brown refused to show his drivers license after an accident, and then gave false insurance information. Brown had been charged with hit-and-run (the charge leveled when someone leaves the scene of an accident without exchanging correct information) and driving without a valid license. 

The quick release may have been due to L.A. County's overcrowding issues, which MTV reported was "not unusual" in such celebrity cases. Other stars including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie have been processed and released in short periods after turning themselves in.

Brown could have been jailed for six months on each of the charges. Back in June he had tweeted: "It's not a hit and run if u get out the car, exchange information (who has NO DAMAGE to either cars). This is really ridiculous." (That tweet has since been removed.)

Rolling Stone reported on a tweet posted on Tuesday (also since removed) about Brown's upcoming album, which is due out Aug. 20. "Don't worry mainstream America," Brown reportedly wrote. "After this X album, it'll probably be my last album."


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