Jim Morrison’s Arrest History

Jim Morrison’s iconic status in the history of rock is hard to dispute. But what goes along with his role as lead singer and primary lyricist for the Doors is his bad boy image—especially when it comes to his run-ins with the law. That’s not to say the other members of the Doors didn’t do anything illegal; it’s just that they never got caught—save perhaps for John Densmore, who was arrested for protesting the logging practices of Bose-Cascade in 2001.

When one looks at the destructive role alcohol played in Morrison’s short life, it is indeed tragic. However, in addition to seeing Morrison as a tragic figure, there’s also the ‘90s cynicism of Denis Leary, who summed up Jim Morrison’s life in No Cure for Cancer as: “I'm drunk, I'm nobody, I'm drunk, I'm famous, I'm drunk, I'm f---ing dead.” Whether you embrace the narrative of tragedy or how Leary makes Jim Morrison the punchline of a joke, it’s clear that his effect on the popular culture 40-plus years after Morrison's death looms large. His arrest record shows he was no saint, but it also shows he embodied an anti-authoritarian (and self-destructive) streak that pervaded the counter-culture of the '60s.

While attending Florida State University, Jim Morrison is arrested for being a publicly drunk prankster during a school football game. It was the first, but not the last, time alcohol played a role in Morrison’s brushes with the law. After consuming what was described as "a fair amount of wine," Morrison proceeded to make fun of the football players and people in the crowd at Campbell Stadium. The police were called, but before they could catch and arrest Morrison, he stole an umbrella, and a police officer’s helmet from a squad car. He was charged with "disturbing the peace by being drunk," resisting arrest, and petty larceny.

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