Beth Ditto, singer for dance-punk band the Gossip and Portland resident, was arrested Friday night and charged with disorderly conduct, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. She was booked at 1:42 am and released on her own recognizance.
We'll update this story as we get more information.
UPDATE 5:45 pm: According to a source at the Bungalo Bar on 4205 N Mississippi Ave., Ditto was cut off from drink service at that bar early Saturday morning because she appeared to be inebriated, and upon leaving the bar "walked out in the middle of the street, threw off her shoes and purse and screamed OBAMA! OBAMA!" as friends arrived to try to put her in a car.
"The cops came," continues the source. "Like 10 or 12 cars. Guy was tagging a wall down the street."
Ms. Ditto caught the police's attention after they cuffed the graffiti suspect, said the source. "They said she was somebody famous. I didn't know."
Ditto was arrested for second-degree disorderly conduct
; all charges were subsequently dropped. Court date is pending.
UPDATE March 18, 3:00 pm:
The White House press office has yet to issue an official response, but here's the report from the Portland Police Bureau:
Selected previous Gossip coverage in WW:
03/16/13 at 12:56 a.m.
Officers responded to the Bungalow Bar (4205 North Mississippi Avenue) on the report of a welfare check of a woman in front of the business shouting and blocking traffic.
Officers arrived and contacted Patterson standing in the middle of the street with her arms extended from her sides like an airplane, and she was shouting (unknown what) as she blocked traffic. Four cars were stopped in the road and one driver was honking his her horn and yelling for Patterson to get out of the street.
Patterson did not respond to police commands to get out of the street so she was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.