A Florida guitarist said this morning on “Fox and Friends” that he was arrested for breaching the peace after he performed ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Neptune Beach.

An officer initially told Lane Pittman that he couldn’t play in the middle of the street, so he asked if he could move back onto the sidewalk. The officer said yes, and he continued to play, Pittman explained.

Neptune Beach Chief of Police David Sembach told Fox News that police respectfully waited until after the national anthem was over to arrest Pittman.

“Then he broke into Ted Nugent’s 'Stranglehold.' He was told to stop playing. A crowd of two or three-hundred had gathered and, not only were they blocking traffic, but they were getting rowdy because the police were getting them out of the street,” Sembach said.


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Pittman, who has no prior criminal record, was cited for breaching the peace.

“I just wanted to be as American and patriotic as I possibly could on the Fourth of July, and that’s what happened,” he said.

Watch Pittman’s interview and hear him play “The Star-Spangled Banner” on “Fox and Friends” in the video above. See his original performance at Neptune Beach below.