Freeze frame: Founder of J. Geils Band facing drunken driving charge

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BOSTON - AUGUST 14: J. Geils of the J. Geils Band performs at Fenway Park on August 14, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)

CONCORD, Mass. — The founder and namesake of The J. Geils Band is facing drunken driving charges in Massachusetts.

Police say John Warren Geils Jr. was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop at a sign following a crash in Concord at about 1 p.m. Tuesday. No one was hurt.

Geils was the lead guitarist of the band, which was founded in the late 1960s but reached its pinnacle in the early 1980s with the hit songs “Love Stinks,” ”Freeze-Frame” and “Centerfold.”

The Sun of Lowell reports that the 70-year-old Geils, who lives in nearby Groton, was released on personal recognizance at his arraignment Wednesday.

Geils’ lawyer tells The Boston Globe that his client disputes the facts of the case and plans to “vigorously defend himself.”

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