Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin Wanted for Blowing Off DIA Bust Court Date

Last month, our Music blog told you about the arrest of Puddle of Mudd lead singer Wes Scantlin for trespassing at Denver International Airport — by riding the oversize luggage racks there.

In recent days, Scantlin was supposed to appear in local court on that incident and a previous one in Denver.

But he blew them off — meaning that he's reportedly a wanted man in the Mile High City.

Puddle of Mudd is originally from Kansas City and sold five-million copies of its 2001 album Come Clean. Among its more memorable songs is "She Hates Me," seen in the video below.
However, it's been quite a few years since the band's heyday as a headliner of large venues.

Its gig in Denver last month was slated for Casselman's.

Here's a poster of the show from Puddle of Mudd's Facebook page:
The show happened, but late, as promoter Seth Daniels told our Tom Murphy last month.

"Evidently someone in their group was egging him on to do it," Daniels noted about the luggage-rack ride. "They were videotaping it for, I don't know, [TSA] told him to get off, and he refused. They didn't arrest him immediately; they warned him: 'Hey, if you don't get off the luggage rack, we're going to arrest you.' He refused to get off, so they arrested him."

Scantlin was busted by Denver police officers, resulting in the following booking photo:
The original bail for Scantlin was set at $11,000, Murphy reports. However, the amount was reduced to $5,000, with a $250 bond, and after it was paid, Scantlin was released from custody just after midnight and was onstage at Casselman's by about 12:20 a.m.

On Facebook, Scantlin posted a brief update on his situation: "I'm here Denver! Thanks for your patience - Wes xo."

A few days later, however, he made it clear he wasn't exactly filled with remorse over the incident, sharing this Photoshopped image:
The caption reads: "I'm sorry?" Accompanying it is a frowny-face emoji.

It's not as if Scantlin was in big trouble. As pointed out by 7News, he may have ridden into a restricted area, but his crime isn't considered a federal offense. Rather, it was to be handled as a local matter.

But the station stresses in a new package, on view below, that Scantlin still was required to make a court appearance for that matter and a second one dating back to 2006 for driving 25-39 miles per hour over the speed limit on Pena Boulevard.
Trouble is, Scantlin turned up for neither of these court dates. According to the station, that means he is technically a wanted man in Denver.

This isn't Scantlin's first brush with the law regarding air travel. TMZ posted about a September 2012 arrest for causing a stir on a JetBlue flight bound for Austin "after he allegedly got into a booze-fueled argument with a flight attendant. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing and Scantlin was charged with public intoxication."

A police report pulled by 7News states that Scantlin thought the flight attendant wanted to kill him. Here's footage of him being taken off the plane:

In the end, the charges against Scantlin for the 2012 escapade were dropped for insufficient evidence.

The same might have been true in Denver if Scantlin had bothered to show up. Now, however, he may have a bigger headache than before if Puddle of Mudd chooses to play Denver again.

Here are three videos from 7News — two separate collections of raw footage from DIA surveillance, followed by the station's full report about the court dates.

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