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    NEW YORK (AP) _ Rock singer David Lee Roth was arrested Friday while allegedly buying marijuana at a Greenwich Village park, police said.

    The 37-year-old Roth, lead vocalist of Van Halen during the early 1980s, was among 25 people arrested on various drug charges at the park during a police narcotics operation, said police spokesman Scott Bloch.

    ″Police officers made observations of anyone who was buying or selling drugs and then both were arrested after the sale,″ Bloch said.

    After he was released, Roth had no comments and instead ran away from photographers for about five blocks until he was able to jump in a cab.

    Roth was given an appearance summons similar to a traffic ticket that orders him to appear in criminal court May 21, said Bloch.

    What Roth faces amounts to ″less than a misdemeanor″ under New York laws that decriminalize penalties for possessing small quantities of marijuana, Bloch said. The fine is up to the judge’s discretion.

    The singer left Van Halen in 1985 and has had four solo albums. The latest, ″A Little Ain’t Enough,″ was released in 1991.