Orlando Brown, best known for his role in the Disney television series “That’s So Raven,” was arrested outside his Los Angeles home last month on suspicion of DUI. The actor denies that he was driving and has vowed to fight the drunk driving charges in court.

Police say that they pulled over next to a parked car on August 12 after noticing that the car had expired license tags and a brake light that was out. Brown was allegedly sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and an officer approached and asked him for his license and registration. The car was not Brown’s, but belonged to a friend.

According to Brown’s manager, the actor/musician told the officer he had not intended to drive anywhere because he had drunk some wine earlier in the evening. The officer reported noticing that the keys in the ignition and, in many cases, police will arrest non-drivers on drunk driving charges when they are “in physical control of a motor vehicle” while under the influence of alcohol.

The officer asked Brown to step out of the vehicle, and Brown reportedly failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Brown explains that, on the day of the arrest, he had just finished recording a new song. A friend had stopped by, and Brown was excited to play the new song for her. He had reportedly jumped in her car merely to place a CD of the new song into her stereo when the police cruiser came by.

Brown plans to fight the DUI charges, claiming he never planned to drive or actually drove the vehicle at all; he merely sat in the non-moving vehicle in order to play his song new for his friend.

His defense could be complicated, however, because of the possibility of being charged merely for being in physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated. A number of California courts have ruled that the state only needs to prove “volitional movement” of a vehicle in order to to support a drunk driving charge.

Source: E Online, “DU-I Didn’t Do It: That’s So Raven’s Orlando Brown Says He Wasn’t Driving Before Arrest,” Josh Grossberg and Marcus Mulick, Sept. 8, 2011