Katt Williams, 41, was sentenced on April to 90 days of community service. The comedian narrowly escaped a jail sentence, after pleading no contest to a charge of misdemeanor reckless evasion of an officer in Sacramento, California. The original charge was a felony vehicle code violation.
Katt Williams' original sentence was supposed to be 180 days in county jail, but the judge converted the sentence to the decidedly favorable 90 days of community service.
The sentencing comes from an incident five months ago when Katt Williams led police on a manhunt. Last November, Williams led police in downtown Sacramento on a car chase in a three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle. The movie-worthy car chase occurred after the authorities approached him regarding a disturbing-the-peace complaint.
"I'm not going to stop," Katt Williams reportedly said after taking off his motorcycle helmet during the chase. The chase was called off after authorities deemed it too dangerous to continue. Williams was arrested later in the Los Angeles area.
Katt Williams failed to appear several times in court related to the charge. The sentenced comedian, whose real name is Micah Williams, told reporters last month that the car chase in Sacramento was a "misunderstanding" and said it was a mistake to play hooky from the Superior Court.
Kat Williams' car chase took place during a bit of a rough patch in the man's life, when he was playing dates along the West Coast last November he had multiple brushes with the law.
The sentenced Katt Williams, Dayton, Ohio native, has been plagued by legal and personal problems that last few years. The legal issues included rants at concert audience members and stolen gun accusations. He was even arrested in Yolo County, California right after the motorcycle incident because it was suspected he assaulted a Target store employee. Williams maintained that the employee called him a vulgar word for African-American.
In December, Williams was arrested after a bar fight in which police say he brandished a pool cue at a bar manager and followed a family to their car from the bar, proceeding to flick a cigarette at a woman's face and throwing a rock at their vehicle.
Katt Williams announced in December that he was retiring from stand-up comedy. "I'm just going to go ahead and announce my retirement from stand-up," he told KOMO News in an interview as he exited what he said was the fourth hotel he'd been sentenced to leave in two days. "I'm kind of done." Katt Williams' stand-up comedy is known for having lewd subject matter such as sex and drugs, including an infamous sketch about the effects of marijuana smoking.