Rock singer David Lee Roth leaves a police precinct in New York City on April 16,1993.
(Originally published by the Daily News on April 17, 1993. This story was written by Alice McQuillan.)
Rocker David Lee Roth yesterday was the unexpected headliner of Operation Double Header, a drug sweep of Washington Square Park, after being arrested for buying pot there.
Roth, 38, hair pulled back under a baseball cap, emerged swaggering but silent from the W. 10th St. station after cops gave him a summons for buying a $ 10 bag of marijuana.
Police said Roth bought pot from a dealer in the center of the park about 4:45 p.m. Spotted by an undercover officer, Roth was followed to Minetta Lane and MacDougal St. and arrested there.
Roth, formerly of the group Van Halen, told a radio interviewer last year that he had left the group in disgust over band members using drugs.
Arresting officer Thomas Kilroy, who has some Roth records, at first didn’t recognize his famous prisoner:
“He had sunglasses on and I was looking at him and I was like, this guy looks familiar to me. Then we asked what his name was and he said ‘Roth.’ And we went ‘David Lee?’ And he said ‘Yeah’.
In their sweep of the park, police arrested 38 people yesterday and 36 on Thursday. Of yesterday’s bust, about 20 were dealers, one of whom has been arrested over 100 times since 1987.