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Monday, Jan 31 2011 08:33 PM

Adema bassist, Bakersfield native Dave DeRoo arrested


Dave DeRoo, bassist for nu-metal band Adema, was arrested just before a show in Hartford, Conn., Saturday evening in connection with a drunken driving arrest in Bakersfield, according to The Hartford Courant.

DeRoo, 36, of Bakersfield, was taken into custody at the Webster Theatre and charged with being a fugitive from justice, The Courant reported.

A bench warrant was issued for DeRoo in June 2010 for violating the terms of his probation, according to Kern County Superior Court records. It was unclear Monday how exactly DeRoo violated probation.

DeRoo was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years probation in November 2008 after pleading no contest to DUI causing injury, court records said. A second DUI-related charge was dismissed.

A probable cause statement filed in court by Bakersfield police after DeRoo's Jan. 11, 2008 arrest said he showed several signs of being under the influence, including red, watery eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

Formed in Bakersfield in 2000, Adema was signed to Arista Records and garnered decent sales in 2001 with its self-titled debut album. Music videos, radio airplay and even a slot on the popular heavy metal tour "Ozzfest" followed.

Arista dropped the band after the release of 2003's "Unstable." Adema decided to try a comeback in 2009 and performed its reunion show at San Diego's Brick by Brick on Jan. 14, 2010.

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