Katt Williams, comedian, wanted for arrest in California police chase, legal troubles no laughing matter

katt williams mug shot
Coweta County Sheriffs Office
A former mugshot of Katt Williams, January 2010
Coweta County, Ga. Sheriff's Office

(AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The legal woes continue to mount for comedian Katt Williams. Sacramento authorities have issued a felony arrest warrant for Williams stemming from a police chase. 

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department tells KCRA-TV that the warrant is for felony reckless driving stemming from a Nov. 25 incident. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says Williams fled officers on a three-wheeled motorcycle, after being spotted driving on the sidewalk near a Hyatt Hotel in downtown Sacramento.

Williams was asked to stop and refused, the CHP said, leading to the pursuit.

Earlier this week, Williams didn't show up at an arraignment hearing in Seattle to face assault charges stemming from several run-ins with people and police last weekend.

Williams' attorney, Thomas McAllister, told the judge Thursday that his client was under the impression that he didn't have to attend the hearing, and said Williams was back in California.

Authorities say Williams struck a man over the head with a microphone while performing Friday night, threw chairs at fans, and threatened a bar manager with a pool cue over the weekend.

Authorities say officers had to restrain Williams before he was taken into custody after the bar incident.

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