Crime & Justice

LA freeway band jam leads to felony charge

Members of the Imperial Stars band.
Members of the Imperial Stars band.

Three members of a rock band have been charged with conspiracy to commit a public nuisance after they blocked a Los Angeles freeway and climbed on top of a vehicle to perform.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say the felony charge and several misdemeanor counts were filed Tuesday against members of the Orange County band Imperial Stars. They could face up to three years in prison.

Christopher Wright, David Hale and Keith Yackey climbed atop a truck that stopped on U.S. 101 near Sunset Boulevard on Oct. 12. They performed a song called "Traffic Jam 101" before they were arrested.

The stunt blocked four lanes for several hours, creating a mile-long jam.

The truck driver hasn't been found.

A call seeking comment from the band wasn't immediately returned.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.