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Former area rocker arrested

Thursday, May 7, 2009

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INDIANAPOLIS -- A former Brazil resident and '80s rocker has been accused of throwing methamphetamine out of his vehicle during a traffic stop earlier this week.

On Thursday, Henry Lee Swartz, 53, better known by the his stage name Henry Lee Summer, was formally charged in Marion County with possession of methamphetamine, obstruction of justice and two counts of resisting law enforcement.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a police officer was attempting to pull over a vehicle on the west side of Indianapolis Tuesday for failing to signal when he reported seeing the driver throw an object out the window.

The officer said the driver, who was later identified as Summer, continued driving. When the car finally pulled over, the officer reportedly had to use pepper spray to subdue the driver.

Officials said the object thrown from the vehicle was later located and identified as a box containing crystal methamphetamine.

In 2007, Summer pled guilty to driving while intoxicated as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the prosecutor's office for his alleged involvement in a September 2006 incident.

On Sept. 15, 2006, witnesses at Country Woods Estates reported Summer hit four parked cars and police confirmed they used a Taser gun to subdue him during the arrest. He was initially charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident.

During the '80s, Summer reached Billboard's Top 20 hits with "I Wish I Had A Girl" (No. 20) and "Hey Baby" (No. 18) and has continued touring as a musician since then.

Scheduled to appear for his initial court hearing on Tuesday, event organizers at Gallaghers II, 2310 W. Southport Road, Indianapolis, are uncertain if Summer will appear at a scheduled performance today at 9 p.m.


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Being a head banger from the old days, I am very saddened to hear this. I hope he gets into rehab. It is a wasted talent.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, May 7, 2009, at 7:35 PM

That's too bad. It's so sad what drugs and alcohol do to people.

-- Posted by jessdixon on Thu, May 7, 2009, at 8:00 PM

I hope he gets the help he needs. Very sad.

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, May 7, 2009, at 8:13 PM

Here's to show evryone, meth abuse is found in all walks of life

-- Posted by ape1 on Thu, May 7, 2009, at 10:07 PM

I'm so sad for both Henry Lee & his family. Hopefully he will get into a treatment program and finally get clean. I grew up with his music and playing b-ball with him at Babe Wheeler Park. I will always play his music. I just lost some respect for his as an individual. Hopefully I can regain that respect for him. Get well "Hank"!! :)

-- Posted by millertime on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 6:56 AM

Wow, I didnt want to believe this, but unfortunately it happens. I just looked at his picture it the Terre Haute Tribune and it made me cry. My husband and I spent a lot of weekends listening to "Hank" in local watering establishments and really enjoyed his talent. But as his popularity grew so did his ego. He became too big for Brazil. I remember once he was on the David Letterman show and was so outrageous I was embarassed to say I knew him. I think he got too big to quick and maybe couldnt handle the stresses of rejection. Whatever the reason for his addiction I hope he finds a way to get back his life.

I have people in my family with addictions, some have overcome them, some have not. But there is hope for everyone. My heart goes out to his parents, I know their pain.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 7:26 AM

What a shame. Just goes to show how meth and the really hard drugs totally destroy a person.

Not only the person using, but the entire family of drug users. Hopefully he'll get the treatment to overcome this horrible addiction. People ~ Look all around you.....isn't this a wake up call? I, too, was once a fan of "Hank", and still have, and occasionally play, his music. And will in the future, but sorry to see his demise.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 7:47 AM

I'm saddened that Hank has made the choice to be a drug user. And that is what this is. Nobody forces someone to do this, they choose to do this.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 9:12 AM

As if the arrest an (ex)resident of Clay County for meth. should surprise anyone.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 11:56 AM

After reading this article it became clear, he must have become a democrat. A conservative would never take this kind of action. political correctness is the ruination of this country. We can only hope he finds his way back to where he needs to be. "Hank in there buddy"

-- Posted by ace parfecto on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 12:27 PM

Way to hit the nail on the head Clay County Guy! I couldn't agree with you more. I have a hard time feeling sorry for someone who chooses this kind of life choice. He, like all drug addicts had the time in his life where he could have taken the high road and said no. However, arrogance leads us to believe that none of us will ever become addicts. Whats the harm with just experimenting? Well, now you see the harm day in and day out in this paper.

With the preponderance of evidence as to what drugs do to you and your life..why oh why would someone do them? I think their decision button is broken and at all times, the Lord can and will fix it if trusted to do so. However, sometimes we are taken to our lowest too really be able to see how far we can fall.

I wish this fellow the best. I wish him insight, justice and healing of said decision button.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 2:26 PM

I grew up with Hank and John and rememeber a lot of good times. Like being in their parents basement on n. meridian and the electricity went out and all of the sudden you hear Hank playing Stairway to Heaven on the piano. I guess we can always look back at the good times in our lives, it's the bad that need to be in the past. I think that this has been going on for quite sometime, because I remember wanting my dad watch him on David Letterman and he came out acting the complete fool making me feel bad that I knew him because of his actions. I really think that night alone ruined his career not to mention his talent went to pot(so to speak).

-- Posted by rooster1 on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 5:04 PM

By the way LT why don't you pick on some one elses town. Meth is everywhere not just Brazil!

-- Posted by rooster1 on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 5:28 PM

I remember seeing him in concert with my family when I was little and I just cried. I think I would to the same thing now. I can't believe what drugs can do to someone. I don't see the enjoyment you get from using them. I care to much for my family to put anything in danger like that. People should have alot more respect for themselves then to settle into drugs.

-- Posted by ashley2003c on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 8:55 PM

Why not show the same picture as other papers did? Show him as he is today and what meth and drugs can do for you. Here is a guy from Brazil who played at the park during the July 4th celebration for a few years telling kids NOT to do drugs! Show him as he really is, for you do it to EVERYONE else or maybe it is true what they say; it just goes to show who you are that will keep your picture out of the paper and not the one everybody should see now. I too have known Henry for a long time but in all fairness to others, treat all the same or don't print any more pictures of those arrested in the future. Unless of course it is one twenty odd years ago!

-- Posted by Rebel L on Sat, May 9, 2009, at 5:18 AM

Hank needs to get some help and come back down to earth. He has been a "fallen angel" for a long time. He had such hopes and dreams a long time ago and found out he just didn't have the talent to make it stick. I went to Brazil High with him and always thought he was a great guy. He was funny and always the class clown. He had such a big heart and never in a million years would you think he would end up an alcoholic and meth addict! Hank needs to do himself a favor and get clean and live life the way the rest of us do who may have had dreams of the "good life" but didn't depend on narcotics to soothe the scorn of rejection.

-- Posted by saarein on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 10:42 PM

Everyone is so sad foe this guy but trashes all the others. They all have the same problem. All the others are trash this guys just has a problem right?

-- Posted by lilmomma on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 5:24 PM

How sad, I hope and pray he gets the much needed help he so needs. Hang in there Hank, and please get some help!!!!! You are a good person, just made some really bad choices.

-- Posted by maryruth51 on Fri, May 15, 2009, at 5:01 AM


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