On September 24, 1988 James Brown went kinda nuts in Augusta, Georgia resulting in a total of 11 charges, including assault and battery with intent to kill, drunken driving, and a host of traffic offenses. According to JET magazine, the incident began when Brown dropped in on an insurance seminar in an office building he owned and demanded to know who had been using his restroom.
Brandishing a shotgun, Brown emphatically made clear his displeasure at the idea of the public using the bathroom in his office building and ordered the seminar attendees outside. One of them called the police and when they arrived, Brown fled in his 1987 Ford pickup truck. The police pursued him into South Carolina, where they shot out the truck's back tires. Despite this, the chase continued for another six miles and back into Georgia at which point Brown, driving on his rims, finally steered his truck into a ditch.
In December 1988, the Godfather Of Soul was sentenced to 6 years in the State Park Correctional Institution near Columbia, South Carolina. The groundswell of love and support from writers, DJs, fans, and his peers came to be known as the "Free James Brown" movement.
Brown was released on February 27, 1991 after serving approximately 26 months.