There’s been a story floating around on the internet for a week or so about former Germs drummer Don Bolles being arrested in Newport Beach because a roadside forensics test on a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap turned up positive for drugs. All sorts of outrage and pleas for help followed and today local morning zoo radio hosts Kevin & Bean had him on as a guest to talk about “getting arrested for carrying the wrong soap.” I didn’t hear the interview, but I really want to know if he addressed the issues in an email that turned up shortly after the first plea for help which contains some rather different information:
…he’s out now…
According to OC jail and NBPD. Don posted bond yesterday. He’s charged with:
1. Possession of a narcotic: GHB. Filed under HS Code (11377(a) — possession of amphetamine without a prescription, but this is used to cover GHB possession.
2. Possession of a small amount of marijuana.
3. Criminal contempt of a court order.
4. Violation of a restraining order
Anyway, Steve Mikulan actually checked this out with the NBPD – it would have been a national-level story if Dr. Bonner soap had been the basis of the arrest. It turned out that the bottle was actually full of GHB, which is to say roofies. I wish that it were Dr. Bonner. Or as somebody at the Weekly said, “Don Bolles uses soap?”
So, what’s the real deal? To paraphrase another of our authors, it sounds like Don got caught breaking several laws, then tried to reverse engineer his innocence in an effort to raise funds and sympathy based on what he knew were false pretenses.